ALBANY, N.Y.—New laws in New York City and Chicago ban electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, and other public places.
The bans went into effect on Tuesday and are sparking debate among health officials, the e-cigarette industry, and users.
Proponents say they are aimed at preventing the re-glamorization of smoking particularly among teenagers who could see them as a gateway to tobacco-based cigarettes.
Users and makers of the devices say they were poorly named, causing confusion with combustible cigarettes.
The Chicago ban applies to indoor public places. The New York City law extends to parks and beaches.