City staff will ask aldermen at the Human Services Committee tonight to support a proposed ordinance that would impose the same restrictions on electronic cigarettes as exist for traditional tobacco products in Evanston.
That would make it illegal to sell them to minors or distribute them from vending machines.
It would also make using electronic cigarettes in places where smoking is now prohibited illegal.
While there is controversy about the risks associated with electronic cigarettes and whether they may be beneficial in smoking cessation programs, the proposed ordinance argues that the restrictions are necessary because of the health dangers associated with the liquid nicotine that e-cigarettes contain.
Top: An image from the website of blu eCigs, a product of Lorillard Technologies.