A New York City Council committee will consider next week proposed legislation that would ban electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other indoor public places.
Many smokers have turned to the battery-powered cigarettes to help them quit. Many contain nicotine and they allow users to inhale vaporized liquid nicotine instead of tobacco smoke.
But Speaker Christine Quinn and Council member James Gennaro, who sponsored the legislation, said that banning tobacco cigarettes while still allowing electronic cigarettes would send a mixed message, NBC New York reported.
Committee members are also afraid that e-cigarettes will send a message to kids that smoking is safe.
“We see these [electronic] cigarettes are really starting to proliferate, and it’s unacceptable,” Councilman James Gennaro said Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
“I get reports of people smoking cigarettes in public libraries,” Mr. Gennaro said. “Certainly, they’re becoming more common in restaurants and bars.”