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December 30th, 2013
05:55 PM ET

Bloomberg signs e-cigarette ban

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg been called everything from big brother and nanny-in-chief, to health crusader and pioneer. And that doesn't include some of the more colorful descriptors scrawled on the walls of New York City subways.

There is no denying Bloomberg's impact on the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the past 12 years, taking on everything from birth control to Big Gulps.

So it seems almost fitting that in his final act as mayor, Bloomberg signed into law a controversial initiative that extends the city's smoking ban to include e-cigarettes. The law would make it illegal to use the battery operated cigarettes in offices, restaurants, bars, and parks.

But some critics, including anti-smoking advocates, say the ban may end up doing more harm than good. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.

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