The state is cracking down on e-cigarettes with a new law that treats them like regular cigarettes and prohibits their use in places like restaurants, bars and offices. The assembly approved the addition of e-cigs to New York's Clean Indoor Air Act over the summer.
"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 a statement while announcing the new bill. This step shuts another perilous defect in the law generating sturdier beneficial NY for all.
Although many NY counties had already banned e-cigarettes, the new law reduces public exposure to e-cigarette chemical fumes statewide.
In July, Cuomo banned the use of e-cigarettes on the grounds of all state schools.
Specifically, the state leadership feels that due to the lack of e-cigarette manufacturing regulations, bystanders could be exposed to risky chemicals without their knowledge or consent.More news: Colin Kaepernick reportedly agrees to $1M book deal
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nicotine addiction from e-cigarettes has become a growing concern, even with little information about health consequences.
Singh, who indicated that he believes the new law is unnecessary, said the products he sells may be a health risk but are the lesser of two evils. Vaping among high school students increased 900% from 2011 to 2015, according to a 2016 report from then-Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. New York City's C.L.A.S.H. - a smokers' rights organization - filed legal action against the city of New York back in January.
About 70% of the state's cities already ban e-cigarettes, so the statewide policy captures the rest, according to the American Lung Association.
Electronic nicotine and vapor delivery systems, which include e-cigarettes, vaping pens, e-hookah and similar devices, typically contain nicotine.