New York Includes Vaping Under Smoking Ban

New York Includes Vaping Under Smoking Ban

Cuomo said that these products are merchandised as a wholesome option to cigarettes but the actuality is that they also fetch long-term hazards to the well being of users and the nonsmokers around them.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state's municipalities already have bans on the books, according to the American Lung Association. The addition of new smoking methods, like e-cigarettes, vaping pens and e-hookahs, to the act closed a loophole in the law that allowed individuals to smoke tobacco in public places where cigarettes are prohibited.

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. New York City's ban has been in place since 2013, when Michael R. Bloomberg, then the mayor, included it in the city's Smoke Free Air Act.

Andrew Cuomo added electronic cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that prohibits smoking tobacco products.

Several bans already exist in some business across the state and in July Cuomo signed a bill restricting vaping on all public and private school grounds, but this new law places the restriction across the state uniformly.

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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.

Nicotine delivered through vaping can still be addictive, and is often marketed with flavors such as mint chocolate, milk and cookies, and melon candy, the department said.

"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.

NY now joins California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Utah on the ban.

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