Los Angeles is moving closer to banning e-cigarettes in restaurants: The City Council has unanimously voted to approve a proposed ban on e-cigarettes in workplaces like restaurants, nightclubs, and bars, the LA Times reports. The "sweeping" restrictions would also prohibit "vaping" in many public outdoor spaces like parks and certain beaches. Council members expressed concern over whether e-cigarettes might "threaten to make smoking socially acceptable" again.
The use of e-cigarettes will continue to be permitted in "vaping lounges," but a proposed amendment allowing e-cigarettes in bars and nightclubs did not receive enough votes to move ahead. According to Reuters, mayor Eric Garcetti's has confirmed his plan to sign the rules into law in the coming days. When he does, LA will join the growing list of cities restricting the use of e-cigarettes including New York City, Boston, and Chicago.