Chicago E-Cigarette Ban Advances, Health Panel Sends Proposal To City Council Vote

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Chicago took a big step toward becoming the next city to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes indoors on Monday.

The City Council’s Health and Finance Committees voted overwhelmingly — 15-5 — in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes wherever the smoking of regular cigarettes is also banned — i.e. inside restaurants, bars and other indoor public spaces, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The plan also calls for e-cigarettes to only be sold behind the counter, a move Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair has argued will help dissuade more people from buying them. A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan. 1 already bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

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