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New York City votes to ban e-cigarettes from public places

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7677 (Published 23 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7677
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

New York City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarette devices from public indoor spaces—including restaurants, bars, theaters, and sports arenas—as well as private office buildings.

Under the legislation, which amends the 1995 Smoke-Free Air Act, the city’s current law regulating smoking in public spaces, e-cigarettes will also be prohibited in many public open spaces, such as parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas.

The outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg, a strong opponent of tobacco use, is expected to sign the legislation into law before he leaves office at the end of the year. …

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