E-cigarette smokers may be taking their last puffs indoors in New York

BY newsdesk  December 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM EDT

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E-cigarettes are now added to New York’s ban on smoking indoors. Photo by Flickr user Lindsay Fox

New York’s City Council passed a measure Thursday that looks to add e-cigarettes to the city’s 11-year-old ban on indoor smoking. Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who signed the original ban into law in 2002, is expected to sign the new legislation.

E-cigarettes have been the subject of continuing health arguments and debates over how they should be classified by regulators. Studies have been inconclusive as to how safe the devices — which contain no tobacco but do contain nicotine — are for users or for people exposed to the vapors second-hand. E-cigarettes are not currently regulated by the FDA, despite efforts by many to classify them as tobacco products, the Associated Press reports.

Once signed, the updated ban would not take effect until April.