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City Council Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes

They'll be subject to all the rules and restrictions of tobacco products, the council decides.

The Beverly Hills City Council decided to regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products. Patch file photo.
The Beverly Hills City Council decided to regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products. Patch file photo.

The City Council decided Tuesday to treat e-cigarettes just as regular cigarettes in Beverly Hills, subjecting them to the same rules and regulations.

The council also gave the green light for consideration of further restrictions where people can smoke both kinds of cigarettes.

“I’m very passionate about this. I really don’t believe there’s a greater public health issue than smoking,” said Julian Gold, a doctor at the UCLA School of Medicine. “The healthcare costs are just astronomical. I fully support the tying of the e-cigarettes to the regulations of tobacco.”

By treating e-cigarettes like regular tobacco products, they’ll be banned from city parks and recreational facilities and outdoor dining areas and near tot lots and playgrounds, according to a presentation councilmembers heard Tuesday. Vending machines distributing e-cigarettes will also be prohibited.

The new rules will take effect June 1, giving the city time to educate business owners and the public about the changes.

In addition, the City Council decided to consider at a future meeting further restricting the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes, including a possible ban on their use in public plazas, outdoor service lines – such as those at ATMs – farmers markets and outdoor events, such as parades and fairs.

“This is a step to making Beverly Hills one of the healthiest cities in the world,” said Councilwoman Lili Boose. “We need to be the leader on this.”

George Vreeland Hill February 20, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I disagree with the Council on this issue. I do not smoke, but I know that e-cigarettes have nothing to do with tobacco and should not be treated as such. Dr. Gold is way off base here. I have seen people using these e-cigarettes and in no way are they harmful to others or the environment. Also, trying to make BH one of the healthiest cities in the world is a bit of a joke. The traffic that flows through here alone will make that effort futile. Add the fact that we are in the middle of Los Angeles will only guarantee that we will remain one of the most unhealthiest cities in the world. The Council needs to concentrate on issues that pertain to Beverly Hills and not on things they know little or nothing about.
Gilbert Ross February 21, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Oh sure, let's make e-cigarettes the same as cigarettes! Great idea, from this bunch of..wait, not scientists or physicians, right. Well, never mind, let's compare: Cigs: thousands of chemicals, 400 carcinogens that we know of Ecigs: 4 or 5 contituents, all recognized as safe; nicotine in small amounts to satisfy smokers who have been addicted to cigs Cigs: second-hand smoke also toxic and possibly carcinogenic Ecigs: Studies show the vapor, 98% or more WATER, safe! Cigs: kill 480,000 smokers and ex-smokers in USA every year Ecigs: have not been reported to have harmed anyone Cigs: sales in historic declines since ecigs have skyrocketed Ecigs: millions of smokers have switched to vaping **So, here's an idea: let's keep on doing cig. business as usual, selling those smokes, collecting those taxes!! Meanwhile, let's ban e-cigs, which have the potential to be a public health miracle, safely helping smokers escape their deadly addiction. And let's tax the hell out of the poor suckers who still want to try them--so we can keep on collecting their blood money, since they won't listen to the brilliant minds of the BH (and LA and others) politicians who have their best interests at heart, or just want to tax them till they die of cigarette- (NOT e-cigarette-) related diseases. Excellent work!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 21, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Actually. the Beverly Hills City Council DOES have two MDs. Dr. Brien is currently serves as a California State Health Commissioner and as a member of the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Gold is a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine and USC Keck School of Medicine.
Gilbert Ross February 21, 2014 at 05:38 PM
[i thought i posted this about 2 hours ago. here's another attempt]: Oh sure, let's make e-cigarettes the same as cigarettes! Great idea, from this bunch of..wait, not scientists or physicians, right. Well, never mind, let's compare: Cigs: thousands of chemicals, 400 carcinogens that we know of Ecigs: 4 or 5 contituents, all recognized as safe; nicotine in small amounts to satisfy smokers who have been addicted to cigs Cigs: second-hand smoke also toxic and possibly carcinogenic Ecigs: Studies show the vapor, 98% or more WATER, safe! Cigs: kill 480,000 smokers and ex-smokers in USA every year Ecigs: have not been reported to have harmed anyone Cigs: sales in historic declines since ecigs have skyrocketed Ecigs: millions of smokers have switched to vaping **So, here's an idea: let's keep on doing cig. business as usual, selling those smokes, collecting those taxes!! Meanwhile, let's ban e-cigs, which have the potential to be a public health miracle, safely helping smokers escape their deadly addiction. And let's tax the hell out of the poor suckers who still want to try them--so we can keep on collecting their blood money, since they won't listen to the brilliant minds of the BH (and LA and others) politicians who have their best interests at heart, or just want to tax them till they die of cigarette- (NOT e-cigarette-) related diseases. Excellent work! G. Ross MD/ACSH.org
Gilbert Ross February 21, 2014 at 05:39 PM
I wonder if you folks censor comments for no particular reason other than it might dispute your editorial or "civic" POV? My comment, above, disappeared at some point. I wonder why? Gil Ross MD/ACSH
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 21, 2014 at 06:57 PM
I see it. Nothing was censored. It's still on the page.
Gilbert Ross February 22, 2014 at 06:01 PM
OK my mistake Ms. Arevalo. Thanks. And it's nice to know there are MD on the BH City Council. Again, my bad. That being said, they are still dead wrong, as is anyone else who wants to deny access to ex-smokers trying to quit by using safe effective e-cigarettes by tagging them as "cigarettes", "smoke" and/or "tobacco." Just plain wrong, on its face. As an MD myself, I can assure you that having the degree does not automatically make anyone insightful on matters not close to their expertise. Look at the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society: those organizations, for reasons of their own unknown to me (but I do know, having nothing to do with sound science or health) oppose suggesting to smokers that they try e-cigarettes. Why the heck not? Beats me. Funding support from Big Pharma? Could be. A survey taken not long ago among UK physicians found that 38% believe that nicotine caused cancer and other toxic cigarette effects. It does not. It is addictive but not toxic. So MDs are as wrong as anyone else. In sum: it make the opposite of sense to ban or restrict e-cigarettes when we desperately need an effective cessation aid to lower the devastating toll of SMOKING! Why is this mania for banning e-cigarettes so widespread?

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