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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9:25am
Chicago (KDBC) — Chicago is one of the first big cities to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes.
Starting Tuesday in the windy city, e-cigarettes will be treated much like traditional smokes, meaning they can't be used in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places.
Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel answered critics who call the ban over-regulation. Mayor Emanuel says e-cigarettes are often used as a "starter" to get kids hooked on smoking.
Also starting Tuesday, retailers must sell e-cigarettes behind the counter to make it harder for kids to get them.
Some e-cigarettes users claim the battery-operated alternative aren't as harmful and are helpful to smokers who are trying to quit.