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City Council Adds E-Cigarettes To Smoking Ban

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The City Council voted Thursday to add electronic cigarettes to the city's smoking ban.

The Council voted 43 to 8 to include e-cigarettes in the Smoke Free Air Act, which bans smoking in restaurants, bars, private office buildings, and some public places like beaches and parks.

The Council says that many e-cigarettes look just like the real thing and threaten to re-introduce smoking in places where it's not allowed, as well as send the wrong message to children.

Opponents of the ban argued that e-cigarettes are a way to help smokers kick the habit.

The Council also approved a measure that could lead to a ban on plastic foam in take-out food containers, pending the results of a year-long study into whether the material can be recycled effectively.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the legislation before his term wraps up at the end of the month. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP