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SD City Council moves to ban e-cigarettes

The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously passed a preliminary version of a bill to sharply restrict the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, by subjecting them to the same regulation as tobacco cigarettes.

The bill will not take effect immediately, since details still need to be worked out about advertising regulations and the permitting process for e-cigarettes. Those items will not be finalized until after the council returns from its summer break in fall.

But Councilmember Mark Kersey, who pushed the ordinance through the council, was pleased with the results.

"These regulations will protect our youth and empower our law enforcement to ensure that electronic cigarettes are used only by responsible adults in appropriate settings," he said.

Kersey agreed to an amendment proposed by Councilmember Scott Sherman to review the ordinance after three years, when there may be more information about the impact of e-cigarettes on users' health.

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