Even TV host Jenny McCarthy can’t enjoy her electronic cigarette anymore in her hometown of Chicago. The City Council approved an ordinance with a 45-4 vote that clearly states electronic cigarettes will have the same restrictions and regulations of traditional tobacco products.
New Electronic Cigarette Regulations
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been voicing his opinion of the electronic cigarette, and hoping to enforce restrictions on the vaping devices. “I applaud City Council in their efforts to ensure the health and safety of Chicago’s youth as we continue to fight against Big Tobacco,” Emanuel said. “Regulating e-cigarettes will protect our children from getting hooked on their kid friendly flavors and marketing. The ordinance stands up for our children while ensuring all residents have the right to clean air and healthy environment.” What do these new regulations mean?
- Electronic cigarettes can’t be sold to minors.
- E-cigarettes must be placed behind counters of the stores they are sold.
- Anywhere traditional cigarettes are banned – electronic cigarettes are also banned including restaurants, sporting venues, and any other public locations.
- In order to sell electronic cigarettes – a business must be licensed.
Studies released demonstrated that e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco were increasingly being used by young people. Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward) also voted in favor of the ordinance along with 44 alderman. Two other major cities in the U.S. (Los Angeles and New York City) also recently passed similar ordinances.
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