E-Cigarette Ban Would Target Teens in L.A.
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You electronic cigarette smokers think you're all down-low and stuff, puffing in bars and clubs and just plain doing it in cases where a regular cig in the hand would get you busted.
See also: E-Cigarettes Headed For a Smoking Ban.
Well, it looks like the law is finally starting to catch up with you. The California legislature is weighing a bill that would treat e-cigarettes like regular ones (meaning you could no longer take drags in restaurants and other smoke-free zones). And now the city of L.A. might just be ruining all the fun for you underage electronic cigarette fans out there:
L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a motion yesterday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 for at least 45 days and possibly permanently.
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The councilman asked the L.A. City Attorney's office to prepare the law for the City Council's future consideration.
He cited Seal Beach's recent 45-day ban on electronic cigarette sales to minors as an example of how to deal with the trend.
Koretz cites stats that say teen e-cigarette use has more than doubled from 2011 to 2012 so that now 1 in 10 high schoolers have puffed electronically.
"The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is on the rise among adolescents and young adults," his motion says.
The proposal follows Koretz' motion last month to have the City Attorney draw up a law that would raise the age for tobacco purchases in L.A. from 18 to 21.
For young adults, there's always marijuana. Especially in L.A.
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