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Jacob Sullum on New York's E-Cigarette Ban


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Last week the New York City Council decided to treat vaping like smoking, meaning e-cigarettes will be banned from bars, restaurants, and other indoor spaces open to the public, along with outdoor locations such as parks and beaches. Although that arbitrary edict may relieve the discomfort of politicians bewildered by a new technology, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, it probably will mean more smoking-related disease and death, the opposite of their avowed goal.