Smoked Out

Local lawmakers treat e-cigarettes like the real thing

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, the old saying goes, then it might just be a duck. Such is the reasoning behind a series of state and local regulations enacted in the final month of 2013 that treat electronic cigarettes just like regular smokes.

Right before Christmas, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order, effective Jan. 1, barring the use of e-cigarettes on state-owned property. Earlier in December, the Los Angeles city council voted to license e-cig vendors and prohibit e-cig sales in self-service displays. And in one of the strongest moves yet against the...

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