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Chicago City Council eyes e-cigarette rules

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 10:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's City Council is expected to vote on a proposal that would limit the use of electronic cigarettes.

The proposal that's set to be discussed Wednesday would expand the city's regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, barring their use in offices, indoor public areas and within a certain distance of building entrances.

Electronic cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices resembling traditional cigarettes that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Users get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

But their popularity among young people has raised the concern of public health officials.

WLS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1fy9HQK ) the proposed rules would also require merchants who sell e-cigarettes to keep them behind store counters.

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Information from: WLS-TV.

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