LA Council Bans E-Cigarette ‘Vaping’ at Restaurants Bars, Clubs,Some Public Places

By City News Service

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday moved to ban e- cigarette use, often called “vaping,” inside bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other public areas where tobacco smoking is restricted.

The council voted 14-0 to approve the ordinance that prohibits vaping at farmers’ markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, indoor workplaces such as bars and nightclubs, outdoor dining areas and other places where lighting up is banned.

Vaping lounges and stores will be exempted from the ban, similar to exceptions made for cigar and hookah lounges under tobacco smoking regulations.

E-cigarettes used for “theatrical purposes” will also be allowed.

An amendment by Councilman Joe Buscaino that would have allowed an exemption for bars failed 8-6.

Buscaino, in presenting his amendment, argued that while he supported keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors, the ban at bars would tread on the rights of adults to use e-cigarettes.

The battery-powered devices, which have been marketed as smoking-cessation aids, enable users to inhale a nicotine-laced vapor.

Some city and public health officials say not enough is known about the effects of chemicals contained in the liquids. Supporters of the regulation point to studies indicating that chemicals considered harmful by the Food and Drug Administration — such as nickel, lead and chromium — have been detected in e-cigarettes.

“Safer does not mean safe,” Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s public health director, told the council. “Although they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, some e-cigarettes contain some health risks.”

Fielding added that e-cigarette sales have grown into a “$1.5 billion industry that has caught the attention of big tobacco which historically has had scant regard for public health.”

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10 Responses to “LA Council Bans E-Cigarette ‘Vaping’ at Restaurants Bars, Clubs,Some Public Places”

  1. Joel Ankerich on March 6th, 2014 1:11 pm

    Of all the unhealthy products pushed on us this is the one thing the city council agrees on? Ok how much did big tobacco pay you guys? If they are concerned with our health why don’t they ban the high fructose corn syrup, a know carcinogen? Say what you want but the corruption is clear, there is no way this is for our health, it is to protect the tobacco monopoly, the same way kraft foods spent 10′s of millions to defeat GMO labeling initiatives.

    For our health my eye!

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  3. Mike Wilson on March 6th, 2014 1:32 pm

    I have to hand it to the LA City Council. They certainly won’t allow the lack of any credible facts or substantiated proofs, no matter how miniscule, to stand in the way of narrow minded legislation. If we don’t like it, we’ll make it illegal. Sad comment about today’s realities.

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  5. BanItAllForSafetySake on March 6th, 2014 2:19 pm

    Ban combustion engines, coal burning power plants, and I might take their safety concerns seriously.

    Liberty and freedom for all…. haha ya right.

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  7. thecrud on March 6th, 2014 2:43 pm

    I moved to an Indian reservation where I have some freedom.

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  9. Zen Galacticore on March 6th, 2014 3:14 pm

    A legal slippery slope. Banning vaping in bars would, “trample on the rights of customers.” But banning vaping in outdoor settings like wide open parks and beaches, in the wide-open air, doesn’t violate the rights of vapers?

    Come on. Campfires emit toxic vapors too. Shall we now ban campfires at beaches and even campgrounds? After all, if I’m camping next to you, your proven harmful vapors from your campfire may waft my way.

  10. Zyg on March 6th, 2014 3:33 pm

    How the hell can you ban something that was made to leave no odor and not affect anyone around you? And especially how it was created to be able to use indoors!!! Stupid ass people nowadays banning things willie nillie when I haven’t heard a single complaint of someone vaping in a restaurant. Jesus talk about buzz kill as well

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