Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz said today he wants the city to ban the sale of "e-cigarettes" to minors.
Koretz introduced a motion asking for a moratorium on the sale of electronic cigarettes to young people and children, or an extension of existing restrictions on traditional cigarettes and tobacco products to the e- cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine-laced liquid as vapor.
The number of high school students who said they used e-cigarettes doubled between 2011 and 2012, from 4.7 to 10 percent, according to the motion.
In August, Seal Beach's City Council set a 45-day moratorium on e- cigarette sales in new stores, something Los Angeles should also do, the motion said.
Koretz's motion, seconded by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, will be heard first in the City Council's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee.