City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, and Bernard Parks, in collaboration with City Attorney Mike Feuer, introduced a motion that will regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in areas where smoking tobacco is currently prohibited by law.
These smoke-free locations include restaurants, public parks, playgrounds, beaches, schools, daycare centers and libraries.
Electronic cigarette devices are known to contain many chemicals, along with nicotine, including volatile organic compounds, such as benzene and toulene; heavy metals, such as nickel and arsenic; tobacco specific carcinogens; and carbon compounds such as formaldehyde and acrolein. In California, over 40 cities and counties have enacted laws to regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in some outdoor areas.
"I've been hearing the calls for help from schools all across the 13th District which have been left to deal with enforcement on their own," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, who chairs the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and LA River committee. "We know that the vapor from nicotine is toxic. We have an obligation as a community to look out for the health and well being of students and those around them."