A Los Angeles City Council committee unanimously approved a draft ordinance that would limit the use of e-cigarettes and place them under the same regulations as cigarette use in public spaces.
A reading of the draft ordinance took place this afternoon during the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River committee meeting in the John Ferraro Council Chamber. Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell serves as the Chair.
"Exhaling the aerosol from e-cigarettes emits ultra-fine particulars which have been shown to contain heavy metals like arsenic and nickel," said O'Farrell shortly before the vote. "Aerosol vapor inhaled and exhaled from some e-cigarettes have been shown to contain carbon compounds like formaldehyde and acrolein. While the concentration of these chemicals are less than in tobacco smoke, these vapors are a new source of ultrafine particles in the environment."
Dr Jonathan Fielding from the County Health Department spoke on the hazards of vaping with e-cigarettes, in addition to testimony from Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Steve Zimmer who spoke in favor of the ordinance.
"I want to extend my sincere appreciation to my council colleagues Paul Koretz and Bernard Parks, as well as our City Attorney Mike Feuer. The three of them attended the committee meeting and added invaluable testimony," said O'Farrell.
The item now goes before the full council for a vote on March 4.