Cuomo bans vaping e-cigs indoors in public places

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an event at LaGuardia

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that bans e-cigarettes and vaping in public indoor areas in the state, putting these new smoking devices on par with old-fashioned cigarettes and cigars.

NY joins a growing list of U.S. states, such as California, Connecticut and New Jersey, that has banned vaping in indoor public spaces such as bars and restaurants, in much the same way they restrict smoking.

In July, Cuomo signed into law a ban on e-cigarettes anywhere on school grounds as surveys showed a spike in use of e-cigarettes by youths too young to buy cigarettes. This step shuts another perilous defect in the law generating sturdier beneficial NY for all. The most recent challenge to New York City's ban was rejected in the New York State Court of Appeals earlier this year, which found that the city's inclusion of e-cigs in its law was valid.

One of the big concerns is the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people.

"These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them", Cuomo said in statement.

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Specifying the absence of expansive restrictions on what chemicals e-cigarettes can entail and the amount of Nicotine they transport, the Governor's office elucidates that these elements could generate long-term unpleasant health consequences for e-cigarette users and bystanders.

It has already raised concerns that NY lawmakers are blowing smoke over the wrong products.

The bill is the latest passed by the State Legislature to combat the rise in e-cigarette and vaping by youths and in public places including bars, said Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).

Electronic and vapor-delivery systems often times contain nicotine. "The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless".

California and Utah have also enacted laws banning the public vaping of tobacco products.

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