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Should smoking E-Cigarettes be allowed in public?

Use of electronic cigarettes in bars and restaurants could be on the way out according to the latest news.

Electronic Cigarettes

Former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, recently signed a bill to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes. The legislation amends the Smoke-Free Air Act, which bans smoking in public areas such as restaurants, bars, parks, places of employment. It now additionally prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes to all areas where smoking cigarettes is prohibited.

Chicago also recently took an enormous step towards the ban when Mayor Rahm Emanuel's offer against public e-smoking had a rather victorious win. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the City Council's Health insurance and Finance Committees voted in support of the ban wherever regular cigarettes are also banned. But the reason?

Their argument is that second-hand smoke is second-hand smoke whether it is due to a regular cigarette or an electric cigarette. But supporters of e-cigarettes are crying foul, arguing that the data is slim that electronic cigarettes -- along with their associated vapors -- are dangerous to bystanders and that the plan will make it more difficult for smokers who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes.

Unlike a typical cigarette, there's no tobacco burned and once users inhale, as an alternative to smoke, there's a sort of steam-like vapor."There is no smoke with electronic cigarettes, so clearly there is no second-hand smoke," says CloudCig CEO Sami Hadi. "Initiating this ban is comparing people that use electronic cigarettes to tobacco smokers which is absolute insanity. E-cigs actually do save lives."

And Chicago Ald. Rey Colon, 35th agrees- “It is a ban, because you’re making people go outside, you’re treating it just as you would an analogue cigarette or tobacco cigarette,” said . “You’re lumping it together in the same category even though you don’t really have any proof that it has any harm. You’re saying ‘We’re going to regulate first and ask questions later.’ ”

A recent blog on shows a tweet from the British celebrity MD, Dr. Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) where he states -

"For the record: I wholeheartedly support use of E-cigs and think banning them would sound the death knell for smokers everywhere #EUecigBAN"

Where do you stand with the ban?

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