NY State Bans E-Cigarette Use Where Tobacco Smoking Is Prohibited

Lucy Hill
October 25, 2017

Before the new law, only substances containing tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes or pipes, were banned from use in public places.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday adding e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited. "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all". As recently as last spring, many adult Americans said they didn't know whether secondhand e-cigarette aerosol poses a risk to children.

"E-cigarettes are proving to be just another tool reeling them into a risky and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine", Seyler said.

As the Shots blog has reported, "Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs have been found in secondhand e-cigarette aerosol, according to the Surgeon General".

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The New York State Court of Appeals rejected the most recent challenge to New York City's ban earlier this year, finding the inclusion of e-cigs in the law was valid.

The health consequences of c-cigarette use are unclear.

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics. E-cigarettes often contain toxic chemicals in addition to nicotine, something bystanders should not be forced to breathe.

Cuomo signed legislation in July that banned e-cigarettes use on all open and private school grounds. It adds e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which precludes smoking in broad daylight places. Mike Davoli of the American Cancer Society said that the law ensures that you can go to a restaurant with your kids and be sure that neither you nor the kids are exposed to an electronic cigarette. Kemp Hannon. The measure received unanimous support in the state Senate and passed the Assembly by a 100-44 vote.

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