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L.A. Council Approves Restriction of E-Cigarette Industry

The Los Angeles City Council voted to join New York and Chicago in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and many public areas, threatening the growth of an industry segment that reached $1.5 billion in sales last year.

By a vote of 14-0, the council of the second-most-populous U.S. city approved the measure to treat so-called e-cigarettes the same as conventional tobacco products, which California has restricted since 1995. If Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the legislation, the ban would take effect a month later. Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman said the mayor will sign the measure.