On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of a California family who claims that a tobacco-related law that bans e-cigarettes in public places violates their right to breathe air and their right not to be trapped in smoke by e-cigs.
The ruling will determine if the law is constitutional.
The state’s law, which takes effect on March 6, was enacted in response to a 2009 fire in the city of Los Angeles, which destroyed the homes of two of the owners and destroyed more than $150 million in property.
It was designed to prevent other similar disasters, and its provisions have been challenged in court.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is expected to argue for a ruling that the law violates the U