Philadelphia latest city to ban e-cigarettes in public places

Although Vaporizers, also known as digital, electronic or e-cigarettes, continue to gain popularity, and research on the personal and public health effects have been inconclusive, several cities and states are imposing tougher regulations and banning the indoor use of these products. Below BLR points out a few of the most recent cities to join the ban.

Philadelphia joined Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles in prohibiting e-cigarette use indoors when Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law legislation unanimously approved by the City Council. The new law took effect on July 1, 2014.

Bill No. 140095 prohibits the use of “electronic nicotine inhalers,” better known as e-cigarettes, e-cigarette products in public spaces, The law also applies to all other electronic smoking devices, such as vape pens, e-hookahs, and e-cigars.

It will apply to all public spaces outlined in the Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law pertaining to conventional cigarettes, including workplaces, restaurants (including outdoor seating areas), bars, and clubs; retail/wholesale stores; movie theaters, museums, and performance spaces; childcare and daycare centers; schools; hospitals; and common areas of apartment buildings and hotels.

The bill also immediately prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

“This legislation is an extension of the Clean Indoor Air Act. These sensible regulations will protect the health and wellness of ever Philadelphia citizen,” said Mayor Nutter in a press release.

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