Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans e-cigarettes in New York City


NY state is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces.

Electronic cigarette use will be prohibited in all places where tobacco smoking is now banned when new legislation goes into effect on November 22 in New York State.

In July, New York banned all use of e-cigarettes on public and private school grounds in the state.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state's municipalities already have bans on the books, according to the American Lung Association. The law also bans the use of e-cigarettes in any vehicle used to transport children or school personnel.

The dangers of e-cigarettes have become a hot debate topic in recent years, even as the devices have seen massive popularity.

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"This new law not only protects public health by restricting the use of e-cigarettes and the public's exposure to smoke-cigarette emissions", said Jeff Seyler, the executive vice president of American Lung Association's Northeast region, but also children, for whom the products are "just another tool reeling them into a unsafe and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine".

Studies into the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes - which usually contain nicotine - are limited but of the studies that have been completed, there have been mixed results.

While many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places - including restaurants, bars and other work places - the new law makes it consistent across the state.

You are now not allowed to vape anywhere you're not allowed to smoke in New York State. The United States surgeon general said in 2016 that vaping is "not harmless" because it contains nicotine, which can be addictive, as well as heavy metals and other tiny particles that can be harmful when inhaled.

California and Utah have also enacted laws banning the public vaping of tobacco products.