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E-cigarette regulations take effect Tuesday

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tuesday, Chicago will be one of the first big cities in the entire country to regulate e-cigarettes, and they are doing it much like traditional cigarettes. Those regulations may have an impact across the country.

E-cigarettes have been used freely in Chicago. The use of the product among children in Chicago has doubled from 2011 to 2012.  Last week, the FDA announced it would seek to control the product just like regular cigarettes.

Chicago was one of the first cities to propose the ban under the Clean Indoor Air Act. In January, it was decided stores could not sell the product to children. Tuesday, more regulations go into effect. Wherever you can't smoke regular, combustible cigarettes, you will not be able to use vapor cigarettes either.

The makers of the e-cigarettes say they are a smokeless product, there is no tobacco in them. But they do have nicotine, so many smokers use them to kick their habit of smoking. Studies show the vapor emitted from e-cigarettes contains carcinogens and other harmful chemicals.

"We have seen those numbers for poisoning from liquid nicotine more than triple from 2013. All it takes is a small teaspoon of this liquid to really kill a kid. We want to protect our residents," Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health said.

Officials are also concerned because some of the flavors of e-cigarettes, like bubble gum and atomic fireball, are very kid-friendly.

Tuesday, Choucair is expected to make a big announcement regarding the regulations.

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