Mayor still wants regulations on e-cigarettes

Mayor Emanuel received an honor on Tuesday for his efforts to help stop kids and teenagers from smoking just one day after his plan to toughen rules for e-cigarettes failed.

He was given the Visionary Award from the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council at City Hall.

In a one-on-one interview, Emanuel insisted he’s still determined to regulate e-cigarettes. He believes they start off as “gateway” products.

The mayor supported a proposal that would monitor e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes. The plan would also ban e-cigarettes in public places, and make them off-limits to minors. But, some aldermen successfully fought against the measure. They argued e-cigarettes give-off a harmless, water vapor and endanger no one.

“The percentage of middle school students and high school students who tried e-cigarettes has doubled. I mean, think about that for a second, that’s ten percent of our kids,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair, of the Chicago Dept. of Public Health.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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  • Jenny

    Why doesn't he ban french fries as a gateway to obesity? You'd think he would be excited for the next generation of gateway smokers to help fund the deficit. He should be promoting them! Finally a safer alternative for those addicted to nicotine and still no relief…

  • frmrnyer

    So, Rahm? How's that gang and violent crime problem coming along? How about those schools? And the infrastructure? I see your overall solution of over-taxing/punishing law-abiding responsible citizens is working well to solve all of those problems.