LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal Monday to sharply restrict the use of electronic cigarettes — known as “e-cigarettes” — in no-smoking public areas.
The Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee recommended the ordinance, which bans e-cigarette use at farmers markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, bars, nightclubs, and outdoor dining areas, and restricts the sale and use of them in smoking clubs to adults 18 and older.
The committee also approved an amendment by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell that would exempt vaping lounges and film production sets from the ban.
The regulation now goes to a vote by the full city council.
City Attorney Mike Feuer and councilmembers O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, and Bernard Parks proposed the ordinance back in December in response to the surging popularity of the devices, which use battery-powered metal cartridges to simulate the effect of smoking by heating nicotine-containing liquid into vapor.