Vaping of electronic cigarettes will be banned soon from public indoor spaces in New York State smoking just like traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill on Monday to ban vaping wherever cigarettes are already prohibited, like workplaces, public transport, restaurants, and bars. The ban goes into effect in 30 days.
“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 stated.
E-cig products that vaporize e-liquid oils into an inhalant have been added to the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act this summer by the State Assembly, and the Senate approved the measure.
The original act banning the smoking of tobacco products in public indoor areas in the state was introduced in 2003, one of the first in the United States.
It seems that New York has come down aggressively on e-cigs, even as their popularity grows as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that while the health consequences vaping are little understood there is still a concern for nicotine addiction.
A study commissioned by the New York State Department of Health showed that 20 percent of children had tried the products double from just two years prior. In July, the state banned e-cigs from all school grounds.
According to the American Lung Association around 70 percent of New York municipalities already have bans in effect. The previous mayor Michael R. Bloomberg introduced the ban in 2013 as part of the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act.
Vaping manufacturers in the city are not going quietly and have mounted several legal challenges, arguing that e-cigs don’t qualify because technically they do not emit smoke.
The most recent challenge to New York City’s ban was rejected this year by the New York State Court of Appeals, which determined that the inclusion of e-cigs in the law was valid.
The worst is yet to come?
State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and others have introduced multiple bills to ban or restrict vapor products and introduced a bill in September that would ban all e-liquid sales in the state. “That kind of product is meant to appeal to kids,” Rosenthal said, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor.”
There are in total 13 bills just in New York threatening the entire vape industry. Yes, only New York. Remember where the indoor e-cig ban started? NY is a bellwether state, so what happens there will cascade across the country.
Detailed below are just 3 of the bills that could prove destructive:
AB635 – Linda Rosenthal (D-NY) – Prohibits the sale or provision of any quantity of electronic liquid used to refill an electronic cigarette or cartridge. (full text here)
AB296 – Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-NY) – Provides for the taxation of electronic cigarette cartridges as tobacco products. (full text here)
A1743 – J. Gary Pretlow (D-NY) – Relates to the sale of tobacco products over the internet; requires companies selling tobacco products over the internet to first send a form to individuals to sign stating that such individual is eighteen years of age or older and upon receipt of such form, the company may send the tobacco products if such person is over the requisite age. (full text here)