Cuomo signs bill banning use of e-cigarettes indoors

  • Cuomo signs bill banning use of e-cigarettes indoors

Cuomo signs bill banning use of e-cigarettes indoors

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

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs were made part of the state's Clean Indoor Air Act by the State Assembly, and the Senate approved the measure as well, The New York Times reported. The law also bans the use of e-cigarettes in any vehicle used to transport children or school personnel. Please be respectful of the opinions of others.

Defenders of e-cigarettes have argued that switching from regular cigarettes to electronic has helped people quit smoking altogether, though the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for smoking cessation in adults. The measure bans e-cigarettes in any building, structure, and outdoor grounds in public and private preschools and other schools through high school. 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. "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law".

The ban, which will forbid the use of these products in places like restaurants and bars, will go into effect in 30 days.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state's municipalities already have bans on the books, according to the American Lung Association.

There are all sorts of e-cigarettes, also known as vaporizers.

At Long Island Vape, in Huntington Station, the owner, Aman Singh, said the rules were unnecessary - the social mores that govern cigarettes already are in play when it comes to vapers, he said.

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. "I think people will start smoking cigarettes again".