Calling it a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other “vaping” devices.
The new law regulates electronic smoking devices as a tobacco product, subjecting their sales to the same restrictions as tobacco. It bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and from street kiosks, ice-cream trucks and self-service displays.
Vendors would also be required to obtain a license before selling the products. Parallel legislation under city consideration would ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places that tobacco is prohibited, including restaurants and parks.
“It’s important to protect young people from this deadly habit and to protect people from second-hand smoke,” said Councilman Paul Koretz, who pushed the ordinance.
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