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Santa Monica bans e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants

This Sept. 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking an 'Blu' e-cigarette. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as normal cigarettes, which means they'll be banned from bars, clubs and restaurants, KPCC media partner NBC L.A. reports.

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Other Southern California cities that have banned e-cigarettes include Los Angeles, Long Beach and Beverly Hills.

There will be exceptions allowed for "vapor shops," according to NBC L.A.