This story was originally published on October 31::
In recent years, the New York City government has developed a number of laws to promote healthy lifestyles among its citizens. Remember when we feared losing Big Gulps, forever? Now, the campaign for a healthier New York includes legislation to change the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.
This legislation would also include e-cigarettes, which the Council claims is a "growing concern."
Citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council says "the percentage of middle and high school students in the United States who have used e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012." It seems worth noting, however, that e-cigarettes are allowed in many NYC restaurants and bars, while real cigarettes have been banned since 2003. Are similar laws banning e-cigarettes in such establishments to follow?