so long, smokers

NYC Bans E-Cigs in Public Spaces

It won't be long until smokers are forced back onto the chilly sidewalks. New York City has banned the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes from bars and restaurants after the City Council passed a bill that tacks the device onto a 2002 prohibition of smoking in public spaces. Advocates argue the e-cigarettes, which emit vaporized nicotine, give off potentially unsafe emissions, while critics argue there isn't enough scientific basis. The ban will go into place 120 days after Mayor Bloomberg signs it, which he is expected to do.