E-Cigarettes Banned in Carlsbad

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    You won’t be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes in Carlsbad businesses or restaurants anymore.

    Tuesday night, the Carlsbad City Council voted to ban electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

    “It’s not a ban on the product, but it will protect the public health from what’s essentially an unknown and unregulated product,” said Lorenzo Higley, chairperson of the San Diego Tobacco Control Coalition.

    Carlsbad Leaders Consider E-Cigarette Ban

    [DGO] Carlsbad Leaders Consider E-Cigarette Ban
    Carlsbad city leaders met Tuesday to make a decision on an ordinance that bans the use of E-cigarette wherever smoking is prohibited. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian reports.

    E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco. Instead, users inhale vaporized liquid that usually contains nicotine.

    The proposal cited a 2009 Food and Drug Administration analysis that found the inhaled substance contains carcinogens. However, it also points out, “The possible health effects of bystanders breathing or absorbing these vapors [are] unknown.”

    Carlsbad Mulls E-Cigarette Ban Similar to Smoking

    [DGO] Carlsbad Mulls E-Cigarette Ban Similar to Smoking
    Carlsbad considers regulating where residents can use e-cigarettes. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports.

    E-cigarette business owners say vaping can actually help people quit smoking.

    Carlsbad is the second city in San Diego County to ban e-cigarettes. Vista passed a similar measure last October.

    The ban takes effect in 30 days.