As of noon today, it's illegal to puff an e-cigarette anywhere where regular cigarettes are banned in New York City. As Gothamist reports, Albany officials want to make this a statewide ban.
According to the bill, this new push is the result of what lawmakers feels is a lack of regulation by the FDA, as secondhand smoke is still polluting the lives of non-smokers:
This bill bans the use of electronic cigarettes under the Indoor Clean Air Act and certain outdoor areas. Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, are electronic devices that deliver nicotine to the user. These devices do not contain tobacco or emitted smoke, rather they heat up liquid nicotine and emit water vapor. E- cigarettes are not currently regulated by the FDA and are not subject to tobacco laws since they do not contain tobacco. This lack of oversight, is placing individuals at risk because there is little known about the chemical make-up of the liquid nicotine or the harm to individuals from inhaling the water vapor directly or through secondhand exposure. In fact, testing performed by the FDA found that electronic cigarettes can be dangerous because users inhale carcinogens and toxic chemicals, such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze; It is for these reasons, the state banned the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 in 2012. This legislation is necessary to further protect New Yorkers from the dangers of these unregulated devices, particularly given that they have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.
Business owners will most likely be tasked with the duty of displaying signage about the new rule in the coming months. Vaping just got a lot more complicated in NYC.
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