HEALTH POLITICS

New York Bans E-Cigarettes and Vaping in Public With Governor’s Signature

(By Jackie Callow)

The Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on yesterday that bans the use of e-cigarettes and vaping systems inside public spaces.

New York now joins California and Utah who have existing bans on the use of vaping and tobacco products in public.

New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act had already regulated the smoking of tobacco products inside and near public spaces. The new bill expands upon statute and includes new smoking methods, like e-cigarettes, while closing a loophole in the law that allowed individuals to smoke tobacco in public places where cigarettes are prohibited.

On their website The Office of the U.S Surgeon General has warned against potential health risks to both users and those in their immediate area from e-cigarettes, “Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.”

“The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin and lead.”

The ban will go into effect in 30 days.

In a statement Cuomo said, “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.”