eCigs Voted On To Be Banned In Los Angeles
Lawmakers Vote to Outlaw eCigs in LA
Bad new friends. We might be losing L.A. today for vaping in public places. With a 14-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council approved strict new regulations that would treat electronic cigarettes like conventional cigarettes. After one of the most personal and gripping debates to be heard on the council floor in years, use of ecigs have basically been outlawed in most work sites and many public places, including parks and certain beaches. The good news is that votes were made to continue allowing e-cigarette use in vaping lounges, while they narrowly defeated a push by the e-cigarette industry to let the practice continue in bars and nightclubs.
There were strong views on each side of the ecig debate. Backers of electronic cigarette devices describe them as a godsend for those looking to quit conventional smoking. They also warned that research has not yet proven that second-hand emissions from ecigs are harmful to others. Ecig backers introduced an amendment to allow bars and nightclubs to be removed from the new regulations. But this measure received only six votes — two shy of the amount needed for passage. If the measure is signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles would join a growing list of cities restricting electronic cigarettes.