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.