"One Day to Go, Bloomberg Bans Use of E-Cigarettes in Public"

"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will sign into law Monday a ban on using electronic cigarettes anywhere conventional cigarette use is prohibited. Critics says the new restriction may – contrary to its stated intent – harm public health."

"Bloomberg will sign the legislation, approved Dec. 19 by the city council in a 43-8 vote, around 2 p.m., spokeswoman Evelyn Erskine says.

The ban is the latest – and last – in the billionaire mayor's decade-long campaign against smoking. In 2003 the mayor signed into law a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. In 2011 the ban was extended to include city parks and beaches. And on Nov. 19 he signed a bill raising the city's tobacco age to 21.

The last day of Bloomberg's 12 years in office is Tuesday."

Steven Nelson reports for U.S. News & World Report December 30, 2013.

Source: US News & World Report, 12/31/2013