Angelinos say “good-bye” to the “vapes.”
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs, beaches, markets, in many office buildings and other public places throughout the city.
With the vote, which was unanimous, Los Angeles joins other major cities such as New York, Boston and Chicago, which have also restricted the use of the battery-operated device.
The decision to ban e-cigarettes comes after public health officials argued that since vaping has increased in popularity among young adults and teens, it was a way of underage smoking.
Others also argued that very little is know about the effects of using e-cigarettes.
The makers of e-cigarettes opposed the idea saying their product is an alternative to using traditional cigarettes with a less harmful risk.
The ban is expected to go into effect in 41 days or less once Mayor Eric Garcetti signs is.
However, since he currently in Mexico City, Herb Wesson, council President is acting mayor and can sign the proposal immediately if he wishes to.
This means, the ban could take place in mid-April.
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