Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

"E-cigarettes are proving to be just another tool reeling them into a unsafe and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine", Seyler said. As recently as last spring, many adult Americans said they didn't know whether secondhand e-cigarette aerosol poses a risk to children. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all".

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal said, "Closing the e-cigarette loophole by including it in the Clean Indoor Air Act is a long-overdue step that will help protect every New Yorker's right to enjoy indoor public spaces free from the intrusion of e-cigarette vapor". In addition, some of the liquids used in e-cigarettes have been found to contain toxic and potentially carcinogenic metals.

"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. "New York state now can be added to the list of states that are leaders in protecting the health of its residents from the dangers of e-cigarettes". New York City, and 70 percent of New York's municipalities, had already banned vaping in public indoor places prior to Monday's bill signing, USA Today reported. "Others fear the devices will addict nonsmokers to nicotine and eventually lead to more people smoking".

Electronic and vapor-delivery systems often times contain nicotine. Some states ban vaping only in areas such as government offices and schools.

The bill is the latest passed by the State Legislature to combat the rise in e-cigarette and vaping by youths and in public places including bars, said Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).

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