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Jenny McCarthy Can't Smoke Her E-Cigs in Chicago Bars

Nor can anyone else now that Chicago City Council has passed an indoor e-cigarette ban.

Jenny McCarthy, a South Side native who now lives in west-suburban Geneva, is the frontwoman for blu eCigs.
Jenny McCarthy, a South Side native who now lives in west-suburban Geneva, is the frontwoman for blu eCigs.
CHICAGO — TV host, comedienne and e-cigarette hawker Jenny McCarthy won't be allowed to "light up" in her hometown's restaurants, bars and sports venues thanks to the City Council.

And you can't, either.

Chicago aldermen approved an ordinance on Wednesday on a 45-4 vote that will place the same restrictions on e-cigarettes currently in place for more traditional tobacco products.

McCarthy, South Side native, onetime naughty schoolgirl, Mother McAuley graduate and co-host on The View, is often seen on TV pitching blu eCigs in slick, sexy ads.

What does that mean for e-cigarette smokers?
  • E-cigarettes cannot be sold to minors.
  • They must be placed behind the counters of stores in which they are sold.
  • You can no longer smoke e-cigarettes in restaurants, sporting venues or anywhere else cigarettes are banned.
  • Sellers must now be licensed.
The Council voted to regulate the increasingly popular cigarette alternatives as a tobacco product pending additional regulations from the Food and Drug Administration. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been a vocal advocate of placing restrictions on the devices.

“I applaud City Council in their efforts to ensure the health and safety of Chicago’s youth as we continue the fight against Big Tobacco,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Regulating e-cigarettes will protect our children from getting hooked on their kid-friendly flavors and marketing. This ordinance stand up for our children while ensuring all residents have the right to clean air and healthy environment."

Those in favor of the additional regulations point to studies that demonstrate e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco are increasingly being used by young people.

Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th Ward) voted in favor of the ordinance as did 44 other aldermen. Four voted against it.

Los Angeles and New York City recently passed similar ordinances.

Should e-cigarettes be regulated the same as regular cigarettes?
normajean January 16, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Can we boil water?
Tom Olszewski January 16, 2014 at 04:46 PM
As much as a disagree seeing that I use an E-Cig. you have to take into consideration that if and when children are around, you're still promoting smoking. We still don't know what this product will do (if anything) health wise.
Rodger Higgins January 16, 2014 at 05:21 PM
I think this is the dumbest most asinine rule I have ever heard of. First of all, these devices produce absolutely zero, no, none, zilch nicotine or tobacco smoke what-so-ever. They produce a vapor that is made by a small battery that must be recharged daily or more often depending on how much you smoke. You must supply a cartridge that supplies the moistener to produce the smoke cloud. If you want to ban sales to those under 18 that is fine but to ban adults from using them indoors is stupid but then again what else would you expect from Rahm the bird flipping liberal DemonicRAT.
canyon January 16, 2014 at 05:50 PM
oh you've got to me kidding me!!! What's next? BAN a burp?Swearing? Loud talking? Seriously, do we HAVE to watch every-single-thing we do for the sake of OTHER children? E-Cigs do ZERO harm to people around them. The next time I'm in a Chicago, I'll smoke a STRAW as if it was real cigerate
Chris Mangino January 16, 2014 at 05:59 PM
This is ridiculous, there is no enviromental impact or hazard as Rahm states. He is a moron, if he was really informed, he would know the only thing given off by these devices is water vapor! What is next banning rain????? I know democrats in Md. now tax rain but this is just plain stupid! This just shows how ignorant democrat politicians really are!
Laura Urbik Kern January 16, 2014 at 06:07 PM
So many people are quitting smoking with the help of e-cigs. Since when are kids allowed in bars? It is WATER VAPOR, it dissipates immediately, it leaves no burns, smell etc. The country is falling apart and we are worried about WATER VAPOR. Ridiculous!!!
Jim Gallagher January 16, 2014 at 06:47 PM
What it means is the neo-Nazi's haven't found a way to tax it or control it yet because it's popular and new. Soon you'll need congressional approval to wipe your ass !!
Bill Carroll January 16, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Emanuel's ignorance of e-cigarets is clear when he references "Big Tobacco". There is no connection. Puffing water vapor is NOT puffing smoke. E-cigarets are saving lives, for Pete's sake!
David January 16, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Thats the most ignorant law passed yet.Don't they know its not smoke.Smoke is from fire.Fire can burn you.This is watar vapor.The same thing in fog machines.When its foggy outside.Its water vapor.When you go to Disneyland are you going to say"Welp kids,Disney on ice are using fog machines.So we won't go there"I agree with Lauras statement,This country is falling apart.When are we going to stop rolling over saying"Oh well".Its our fault.We keep on voting for these idiots.If egypt can do it,so can we."The time is now,before tomorrow is gone"-RIA Revolution in Americs
Sean Knapp January 16, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Fact: The continued indoor use of e-cigarettes leads to more Chicago gun violence.
Theroxy Hesperia January 16, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Hello but you can smoke hookah in doors lol
Darth Vader January 16, 2014 at 10:11 PM
So so stupid.
Flossmoor Dad January 16, 2014 at 10:23 PM
GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson and Johnson are the driving lobbying forces behind this ban. Both of these companies made about $6 Billion in nicotine replacement drugs (Nicoderm/Nicorette patches gum etc.). Ecigs are the competition. I would do what I could to protect a $6 Billion profit.
Alberto Mora January 16, 2014 at 11:52 PM
oh well another thing we can no longer do I wonder if by tomorrow morning there be a law that prohibits taking a leak
Deb Derda- Mussallem January 17, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Why don't they go after their own and start cracking down what's important and leave the taxpayers alone. I'm sure Ald Burke has lots to do with it. Go to his ward his neighborhood is a dump.
JW January 17, 2014 at 07:37 AM
E-cigarettes have become increasing popular. They have help many people stop smoking. The addiction is also the usage of the hands. With an e cigarette that uses vapor (water) as smoke it gives the smoker a sense of satisfaction. Many other e-cigarettes do not even use vapor. I do not advocate smoking but I do advocate any way a smoker can quit without harming those around them. In my office (an extremely stressful) job over 60 percent where smoking. With the advent of e-cigarettes the percentage was cut down to at least 10 percent real cigarette smokers. I found that many sat a goal to stop all types of smoking. Ask, most doctors and they will respond with great happiness that a long term smoker is switching to the e-cigarette. As for parents worrying about seeing a person smoking one, they should point out that this person is doing their best to quit. Children see smokers all the time. I do agree that the law should be 18 and that the e-gigs should be sold behind the counter. After all we let children buy over the counter drugs with out a blink of an eye. Meaning children in teenage years. I think that one should applaud the fact that the smoking industry is trying and that smokers are trying too. I do not think I would use an e-cigarette in a restaurant simply because I respect that people do not want to see smoking return to places of eating. I respect the non smoker. Then again I grew up an a age when one was asked if they wanted a smoking room in a hospital after giving birth or a non smoking room. That was at least 30 years ago. We have come a long way to try and remove smoking in public places, cars with children. Let us encourage the smoker to quit.
Chris Smith January 17, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Democrats only want to protect you from common sense.
Jeri Beth Maxie January 17, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I don't like seeing someone light up any cigarette, even an e-cigarette, in a public space..........it's offensive and shocking, but I have to admit, it doesn't personally do me any harm, if they smoke an e-cigarette. I am a former smoker and hate to see anyone addicted to anything.
George Pacurian January 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Chicago,, oh yeah their state has the strictest gun laws too, this should work also,lmao!
Honestly IPO January 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM
3 things I have taken from this article. 1. Where are the parents of the child who is in the same place as Jenny? 2. License now required = meaning more money for city. 3. Ex-smokers are the biggest preachers against smoking, reason? They are miserable and want everyone else to be also.
Sharon collins January 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Big Brother trying to tell us what to do. OMG. What is next. I quit smoking 5 years ago but I would not care if someone was smoking an e-cig. Get of peoples backs. Try doing something to straighten up this Country. You guys are a bunch of idiots....
Linda Colby January 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM
This is ridiculous. The use of E-cigs helped me quite smoking because I needed the tactile feel of holding something to help me quit. I used it for 1 or 2 months and then was done. With so many real problems in this world, let's worry about this problem first, right? Idiot politics at work again.
Jason Steele January 17, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Actually ecigs DO emit harmful chemicals. Vaporized formaldehyde, nicotine, chlorine and more. The FDA has proven this. Ban them.
Laura Urbik Kern January 17, 2014 at 02:44 PM
S Glantz, while your intentions seem noble, if not a bit condescending, your stated facts in response to the study are not completely accurate, and your comments do not portray what the study found. For example, the levels of acetic acids, acetone, and isoprene are in levels 10,000 times lower than the average person would receive in a room heated with a central forced-air heating system, not 20% of what a cigarette would put into the air. You need to re-read the study. Additionally, there is more formaldehyde absorbed into the skin by washing your hands just one time with the average restroom soap from a restaurant or other public establishment that one would receive being in a room full of e-cigarette users for an entire year. While it is true that some inexpensive e-cigarettes do use some chemicals which may contain higher levels of some chemicals and perhaps carcinogens, generally speaking, the base chemical used in standard liquids for an e-cigarette are purified propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. These are the same chemicals used to give asthma and pulmonary patients breathing and nebulizer treatments. These liquids allow the breakdown of the nicotine into the body the same as they allow a nebulizer to deliver drugs (NABA and SAIDS) to pulmonary patients. Instead of continually trying to vilify those who are addicted to nicotine, let's first try congratulating them on at least dumping the horrible habit of tobacco use, which puts out 400+ additional, truly harmful chemicals to the smoker, and those around them. Instead of just screaming "BAN IT!" to anyone who will listen, why not try a truthful, educative approach first? Just don't try to educate by trumping up the facts, simply because it bruises your dislike of their habit. Dr. Peter Protero Dr. of Pulmonology
Mark Ryan Cole January 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM
The FDA are whores for the pharmaceutical companies ... watch late night TV "did you or someone you know ... die from taking this drug that the FDA said was safe ... " how about all the hormones & chemicals they shove into all foods these days ... not to mention whats in a sugary snack ... here's my point ... What happened to "MY" freedoms ... why is it the Government is always telling me whats best for me, my kids, & my city ... when I know i run my life much better than they are running "MY" country !!!
Bob January 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Again, Indiana is rejoicing.
Joe January 18, 2014 at 05:32 PM
If she wants to smoke in my place - go right ahead. I remember her in the fashion shows at Fat City and she was smoken...Hot
Billy Brennan January 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM
First of all. The only one complaining are the butt smokers. And you no longer have rights. These stupid e-cigs look pathetic and they are are funny as hell. The point isn't if they are dangerous or harmful, they are unsightly and I applaud the law for making them illegal and not wanted in any establishment. Try quitting. Its the only way u will have any way of returning the a life of being treated equal. They will never allow ur water vapor sticks in any place that bans smoking. WHICH MEANS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!! SO STOP CRYING. WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT U SMOKERS WOULD HAVE no rights. Imagine not being able to smoke in hospitals or stores of even pubs. Hahahaha. Its illegal everywhere. All over Europe Ireland, France, etc. I love it.
Joe January 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM
when Jenny wasmodeling the fashion shows at Fat City years ago, sho didn't need electronic cigs, she was already smokin... and that was before her enhancements... both of them
Billy Brennan January 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM
No doubt she is sexy as hell. Hate smoking but she makes it look sexy. Hahaha Like the old days when it was glamorous.

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