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Council to vote on Iowa City electronic cigarette ban

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The City Council has scheduled a vote next week on banning electronic cigarettes from many public places in Iowa City.
  
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that because e-cigarettes are not covered by state law, the council will consider an ordinance Tuesday that would ban their use in all places where it already is illegal to smoke tobacco products, under state and city laws.
  
State law bars smoking in certain public spaces, places of employment and city buildings. Iowa City has expanded that ban to municipal parking ramps, the pedestrian mall and certain areas of city parks.
  
Under a policy taking effect Aug. 24, the University of Iowa is expanding its smoke-free policy to include e-cigarettes.
  
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver flavoring and nicotine via inhaled water vapor.

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