E-cigarette ban for Los Angeles

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Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in the city’s restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces.

The council voted unanimously to ban the battery-powered devices, which are filled with nicotine liquid.

If the bill is signed into law, Los Angeles would follow New York and Chicago in imposing similar rules.

A consultation looking at the advertising of e-cigarettes in the UK began last week.

The use of e-cigarettes in the UK has increased rapidly. According to data research company Mintel, the market is now worth £193m.

Their use has been controversial, with some politicians saying they are “re-normalising” smoking.

Rather than inhaling the toxic substances found in tobacco, e-cigarette users inhale vaporised liquid nicotine. Because of this, their use has become known as “vaping”.

Currently e-cigarette companies in the UK are able to advertise their products on television and through normal advertising channels.

The consultation by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) aims to provide “clarity and protection” about the advertising of e-cigarettes. (BBC)

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