On Tuesday, March 4, the city council of Los Angeles voted unanimously to ban the use of electronic cigarettes or “vaping” in public places, such as bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Major Cities Ban E-cigarettes
When Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the bill, Los Angeles will be part of a growing list of cities that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes. Tony Arranaga, the spokesperson of Mitch O’Farrell, a council member and one of the sponsors of the bill, explained that the law would take effect within 30 days upon its signing.
Other cities that have banned vaping are Chicago and New York.
Unknown Side Effects
While many supporters of e-cigarettes say they are safer than tobacco products, public health experts have other concerns. Some fear the potential dangers for individuals who inhale secondhand vapor, as there is not enough information on the effects of the substances used in these products. Others worry that vaping may become a gateway to smoking for some citizens, particularly teenagers and young adults.
According to analysts, regulating e-cigarettes puts an industry that has the potential to overtake the multi-billion tobacco industry at risk.