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Richmond Votes In Tough Ban On E-Cigarettes

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RICHMOND (CBS/AP) – The city of Richmond has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces, including fenced parks.

The Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance that would prohibit e-cigarettes. Violations can be met with fines of up to $1,000,

City leaders and health advocates believe the smokeless devices may be dangerous to smokers and those around them. E-cigarettes allow users to inhale nicotine vapor instead of tobacco fumes. They are not yet regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration agency.

E-cigarette sales surged from about 50,000 in 2008 to 3.5 million in 2012, and the number of children who reported trying the product has increased, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

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