BOSTON (CBS) – Boston is one step closer to passing a proposal that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18.

The rule would also make using e-cigarettes at work illegal.

E-cigarettes are smokeless devices which deliver nicotine in the form of vapor.

Boston’s Public Health Commission approved the measure.

The commission will hear opinions from the public — then hold a final vote on the proposal in November.

Many people use them to wean themselves off real cigarettes.

The proposal would require stores to get a permit to sell them.

Comments (2)
  1. Otis Motis says:

    Where is the logic here?

  2. Elaine Keller says:

    There isn’t any logic here. Both proposed regulations present a solution to a non-existent problem. Vendors already prohibit sales to minors. The Health Commission justifies the indoor use ban based on a theory that the vapor might be harmful, but ignores the scientific studies that show nothing at all harmful in the vapor. The Health Commission must know that prohibiting indoor use removes a powerful incentive for continuing smokers to switch to an alternative that is not combusted. They have been sent copies of the research reports showing that 90% of smokers who switch to e-cigarettes are enjoying improvements in their health. Given their actions, it would appear that the Health Commission’s goal is to prevent Boston smokers from improving their health by switching to a much less hazardous alternative.

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