The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” from most public areas, in line with the restrictions already in place on other tobacco products.

Lawmakers voted 14 to 0 to restrict the use of the e cigarettes in restaurants, work areas, clubs, bars and many shared areas like parks or beaches. Last week a committee had approved a proposal for the ban, which put it up to a vote.

Vaping lounges and e cigarette stores will not be included in the new legislation, but the sale and use of the devices at those places will be restricted to those 18 and older. People who are using e cigarettes for filming or theatrical purposes will still be allowed to do so.

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“What we’re doing is taking a very sensible, fair approach to regulation that controls the second hand aerosol exposure to thousands of employees in the work force, young people,” Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said to CBS Los Angeles.

Not everyone agreed that the ban should include so many places. Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, told the Los Angeles Daily News that people who use e cigarettes should be allowed to smoke in bars.

“The city should take precautions that these regulations are narrowly applied for a public health goal that may do more harm than good,” he explained. “Now, when people go to a bar, they have to go outside to smoke. If you ban e cigarettes, those people will have to go outside with the smokers.”

“Many of the people using e cigarettes are former smokers and what will happen is they are going to go back to smoking tobacco products. This just doesn’t make sense,” he added.

NJOY, the world’s largest independent maker of e cigarettes, said in a statement to Reuters that they were glad the ban still allowed for e cigarette use in some places. Still, they thought it went too far.

“Although we believe the final decision was made in the absence of credible science, it was a more reasonable and sensible approach than the original proposal,” the company said. “NJOY remains concerned, however, that banning e cigarette use in public places could deter current tobacco smokers from using the products and thus disserves public health.”

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E cigarettes allow liquid nicotine to be converted into an inhalable vapor without the use of combustion. There is no tobacco either, which means there’s no smell. The battery powered devices look like pens or cigarettes. Sales were estimated to reach over $1 billion in 2013.

Proponents of the product say that there is no proof the vapor from e cigarettes can harm people like second hand smoke, and could help former smokers quit smoking tobacco products.

But, the fact that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration does not ensure that all the contents of the devices are safe.

“It’s liquid that has nicotine, some flavoring and some other chemicals, and it’s heated up with a battery into a vapor, and you get the rush of the nicotine the problem is it’s not FDA approved or regulated,” Dr. Jon LaPook said on CBS This Morning. “We really don’t know everything that’s in it. We don’t know enough research in terms of the long term risks.”

The FDA has expressed concerns that younger people may be attracted to e cigarettes, and not enough research has been done on the chemical components of these products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that between 2011 and 2012, e cigarette use more than doubled among high school students from 4.7 percent to 10 percent. The CDC is concerned because 90 percent of all smokers start as teens.

“When you’re 15, you want to be cool,” Council President Herb Wesson told the Los Angeles Times. “And I will not support anything anything that might attract one new smoker.”

Chicago’s City Council banned the use of e cigarettes in offices, indoor public areas and within a certain distance of building entrances in January 2014.

New York City lawmakers approved a measure last December to include e cigarettes in the city’s public smoking ban.

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Eating a diet heavy on meat and cheese may be as harmful to you as smoking a cigarette, researchers claim.

A new study, published in Cell Metabolism on March 4, shows that middle aged people who eat a diet high in animal proteins from milk, meat and cheese are more likely to die of cancer than someone who eats a low protein diet. The research also showed the people who ate lots of meat and dairy were more likely to die at an earlier age.

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“There’s a misconception that because we all eat, understanding nutrition is simple. But the question is not whether a certain diet allows you to do well for three days, but can it help you survive to be 100?” study co author Valter Longo, Edna M. Jones professor of biogerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute in Los Angeles, said in a press release.

Longo had previously done research on a protein that controls a growth hormone called IGF I, which aids in body growth. Very high levels of IGF I have been associated with an increased cancer risk.

People produce less of the growth hormone after the age of 65, at which time they become frailer and lose muscle. While eating a diet high in animal proteins has been frowned upon during middle age, some studies have encouraged older adults to chow down on meats and cheeses because it makes them less likely to develop disease.

In his previous work, Longo had looked at a group of short Ecuadorian people who rarely developed diabetes or cancer. They had a genetic mutation that lowered their levels IGF I, which also kept them under 5 feet tall.

For the new study, researchers looked at 6,318 adults over the age of 50. On average, about 16 percent of their total daily calories came from protein. Two thirds of that amount was from animal protein.

The team divided the group into high, moderate and low protein diet eaters. Protein could come from plant or animal sources. High protein diets were made up of at least 20 percent protein. Moderate protein eaters consumed 10 to 19 percent of their daily calories from protein. Low protein diets consisted of less than 10 percent of daily calories from protein.

People who ate high protein diets were 74 percent more likely to die before the end of the study than those who ate low protein diets. Decreasing protein consumption from moderate to low levels reduced early mortality risk by 21 percent.

The team found that plant based proteins were not as detrimental to health as animal based proteins.

A smaller subsection of the sample group 2,253 people had their IGF I levels recorded. They found that those who consumed the highest levels of animal proteins were four times more likely to die of cancer than those who had low protein diets. That increased rate was similar to the cancer risk between smokers and non smokers. Moderate protein consumers were three times more likely to die from cancer.

“Almost everyone is going to have a cancer cell or pre cancer cell in them at some point. The question is Does it progress?” Longo said. “Turns out one of the major factors in determining if it does is protein intake.”

Another study in the same issue showed mice who were on a low protein diet for two months were less likely to get cancer than those who were on a high protein diet. If they did, they had 45 percent smaller tumors.

“We have shown explicitly why it is that calories aren’t all the same we need to look at where the calories come from and how they interact,” senior author Steve Simpson, a researcher at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, said in a press release. “This research has enormous implications for how much food we eat, our body fat, our heart and metabolic health, and ultimately the duration of our lives.”

Gunter Kuhnle, a food nutrition scientist at the University of Reading in the U.K., warned that it was dangerous to say protein consumption was as dangerous as lighting a cigarette.

“Sending out statements such as this can damage the effectiveness of important public health messages,” he told the Guardian. “They can help to prevent sound health advice from getting through to the general public. The smoker thinks ‘why bother quitting smoking if my cheese and ham sandwich is just as bad for me?'”