Despite rejecting strict e-cigarette prohibition just a few weeks ago, Chicago has passed a resolution to restrict e-cigarettes in public. This came about through intense pressuring of holdout aldermen by the mayor and prohibitionists. This was clearly a moral crusade more than any sort of public health push.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel got his way one month after a surprise City Council uprising forced him to settle for the weaker of two ordinances designed to curb teen smoking.
Since then, the mayor has turned up the heat on recalcitrant aldermen.
He has framed it as a good vs. evil battle pitting Big Tobacco and its big money lobbyists against public health advocates determined to prevent young people from using electronic cigarettes as the gateway to a lifetime addiction.
Chicago now joins the ranks of New York City in its efforts to kill smokers and preserve sin tax money because of the actions of a few brave politicians. Politicians who aren't afraid to use children as human shields.