Cuomo signs legislation adding e-cigarettes to Clean Indoor Air Act

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

While New York City and several other localities had already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in areas covered by the smoking ban, the new statewide rules will provide consistency, according to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed the bill into law Monday.

It will soon be illegal to use electronic cigarettes, the popular vapor substitute to traditional tobacco cigarettes, in public indoor spaces in New York State. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law".

The decision was made due to the fact that ingredients in e-cigarettes are considered toxic and there is no regulation of what chemicals e-cigarettes contain or how much nicotine the user is inhaling.




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.

"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 release.

This bill (S.2543A/ A.516A) would reduce the exposure to potentially risky chemicals for e-cigarette users and those around them. "I am pleased that the governor signed this bill into law, and look forward to continuing to work with the administration to enhance New York's tobacco control measures". "The FDA classifies e-vapor products as tobacco products because they contain nicotine derived from tobacco". 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.

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