Electronic cigarettes banned indoors in Washington?

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Electronic cigarettes, a popular alternative to tobacco, may soon be added to Washington's indoor smoking ban, The Washington Post reports. Two D.C. Council members argue that the products may be a health risk and are an annoyance to non-smokers.

Electronic cigarettes are often used to help smokers transition off tobacco. The battery-operated inhalers heat nicotine into a vapor.

Because e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, they have generally escaped regulation from states and cities. But council members Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and David Grosso (I-At Large) want to change that.

If legislation is approved, e-cigarettes would be classified as cigarettes under the city's indoor smoking ban.

Several states are considering adding e-cigarettes to their indoor smoking ban.

Read more: The Washington Post