NYC's Cigarette Ban Now Includes E-Cigs

Will go into effect in 4 months
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2013 8:38 AM CST
NYC's Cigarette Ban Now Includes E-Cigs
A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

You won't be able to light up an electronic cigarette in bars, restaurants, or parks in New York City anymore. The city council yesterday approved a move to include e-cigarettes in the city's strict smoking ban; outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for the expansion, NPR reports. Once Bloomberg signs the motion, the city will join Utah, North Dakota, and New Jersey, which already have similar bans in place. The NYC ban will go into effect in four months, and private establishments will have an additional six months to post signs indicating the change in rules, reports CBS News. (Read more smoking ban stories.)

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