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NYC Extends Smoking Ban to E-Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes have been added to the ban on smoking in
New York City offices, parks, restaurants and bars.
The measure passed in a 43-8 city vote at a city council meeting
last week and will take effect in four months,
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate smoking
by producing nicotine vapor. They may be a gateway to smoking
regular cigarettes and make it more difficult for smokers to quit,
according to Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
"The council has worked for well over a decade to curb smoking in New York City and I really believe it's one of our greatest accomplishments," Quinn said prior to the vote, Bloombergreported. "E-cigarettes threaten, in my opinion, to undermine enforcement of the Smoke-Free Air Act."
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