NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — With smokers exiled years ago to New York City’s sidewalks, some took up e-cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold. They could puff away in restaurants and offices without running afoul of the city’s ban on smoking in indoor public places.

Now they’re down to the last few puffs since the City Council voted Thursday to expand the ban to e-cigarettes. Once signed by the mayor, the ban would take effect in four months.

The tobacco-free smokes heat a chemical, release vapors, and give smokers a nicotine fix. The Food and Drug Administration has said it intends to regulate e-cigarettes, but has yet to issue any rules.

Several states, including New Jersey, Arkansas, Utah and North Dakota, have already expanded their indoor smoking bans to include e-cigarettes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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