The Evanston city council is considering an amending the city's tobacco ordinance to prohibit the use electronic cigarettes in all places where other types of smoking are banned and to ban sale to minors.
Glenview currently does not have any restrictions on electronic cigarettes, and only a handful of other municipalities in the U.S. have passed such legislation. However, many cities around the country are considering passing similar ordinances to the one proposed in Evanston, and the Food and Drug Administration has said it will issue suggested regulations on the sale, advertising and ingredients of electronic cigarettes by the end of October.
Supporters of electronic cigarettes cite recent studies by Boston University and Drexel University, which show that e-cigarettes may be helpful for people who want to quit cigarettes, and that vapor released from e-cigarettes does not pose a harm to bystanders. However, the Food and Drug Administration has stated that the health effects of e-cigarettes are not fully studied, and therefore, consumers should avoid them.
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