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Published: Wed, October 25, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

New York State Bans Vaping Where Cigarettes Already Prohibited

New York State Bans Vaping Where Cigarettes Already Prohibited

But proponents of vaping argue that e-cigs are a safer alternative to cigarettes.

This bill (S.2543A/ A.516A) would reduce the exposure to potentially risky chemicals for e-cigarette users and those around them. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law". 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. The law also bans the use of e-cigarettes in any vehicle used to transport children or school personnel.

Citing the lack of broad regulations on what chemicals e-cigarettes can contain and how much nicotine they deliver, the governor's office says, "These factors could lead to long-term adverse health effects for e-cigarette users and bystanders". "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". Nicotine is among the ingredients that can be found in e-cigarettes.

Vaping has caused a dilemma for some lawmakers and health policy experts.

Vaping still will be allowed in any private home, hotel rooms and outdoor dining areas that do not have a roof or ceiling enclosure, among other areas.

Electronic and vapor-delivery systems often times contain nicotine.

Several states including California, Connecticut and New Jersey have already added the devices to their smoking bans. While many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants, bars and other work places, this bill makes the law consistent across the state. As the Snopes website notes, there is no truth to a story from last August that purported that 11 states were planning to ban vaping in vehicles.

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