Chicago could add e-cigarettes to city smoking ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Users of electronic cigarettes could soon find themselves subject to Chicago's smoking ban.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing an ordinance that would expand the city's regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, preventing their use in smoke-free areas. It will be introduced at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The battery-powered devices heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor that users inhale. Their popularity among young people has raised concerns among public health officials.

Authorities in Illinois and other states have accused manufactures of marketing e-cigarettes to children and taking advantage of a lack of federal age restrictions preventing children from obtaining e-cigarettes.

Another Chicago ordinance to be introduced next week would prohibit the sale of menthol-flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of Chicago schools.

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