Alhambra City Council voted Oct. 28 to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in public places and work spaces in Alhambra. All but one council member voted to amend Section 9.18.010 of the Alhambra Municipal Code, which prohibits "tobacco, or any weed or plant" from public spaces and places of employment, to include the metal or plastic smoking devices.
Councilman Gary Yamauchi abstained from voting on the issue and said he was not convinced e-cigarettes are harmful to those around smokers. Councilwoman Barbara Messina responded by citing an Oct. 24 Los Angeles Times article about a new push from 40 state attorneys general to classify e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and regulate their use.
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