Adding e-cigarettes, including vaping pens and e-hookahs, to the 14-year-old Clean Indoor Act comes shortly after the new devices became popular. In July, the governor approved legislation banning the use of e-cigarettes on school grounds in ny.
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"These items are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, however the reality is they likewise convey long haul dangers to the health of users and those around them", Cuomo said in a release. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all".
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. 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.
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The American Cancer Society thanked Cuomo for taking a step to protect the health of all New Yorkers.
The state has already banned e-cigarette use on school grounds. Alexandra Miller said people should not vape or smoke indoors. "They don't feel like doing it anyway because its obnoxious".
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.
Vaping is starting to go down the same path as smoking.