New York Includes Vaping Under Smoking Ban

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an event at LaGuardia

NY state is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces.

While the use of e-cigarettes and vapes in public locations has been seen by many as a more acceptable alternative to the smoking of actual cigarettes, New York State begs to differ.

In July, New York banned all use of e-cigarettes on public and private school grounds in the state. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all". Seventy percent of municipalities in NY have already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.

"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.

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.

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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.

E-cigarettes are electronic devices used to mimic smoking tobacco. E-cigs have become a $2.5 billion industry according to the Centers for Disease Control because they are viewed as safer than traditional cigarettes, although their health effects are not yet known because of the newness of the product.

You are now not allowed to vape anywhere you're not allowed to smoke in New York State.

Electronic and vapor-delivery systems often times contain nicotine.

"We're out here trying to help people", he said, adding he worries about the impact ever-tighter strictures on e-cigarettes would have on his customers. Others are California, New Jersey, Connecticut and Utah.

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