New York Bans Vaping Anywhere Cigarettes Are Prohibited

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As more cities and states have moved to ban vaping indoors, false stories have attempted to stir up controversy and alarm over new regulations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday adding e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited.

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.

NY becomes the 11th state to enact a statewide ban on public vaping. NY created the act in 2003, making it one of the country's first states to ban smoking tobacco products in public indoor areas. "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law". Manufacturers have fought back against the city, however, mounting several legal challenges that argue e-cigs do not qualify because they do not emit smoke.

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NY joins a growing list of states that have banned vaping in indoor public spaces such as bars and restaurants, in much the same way they restrict smoking.

"E-cigarettes often contain toxic chemicals in addition to nicotine, something bystanders should not be forced to breathe", state Sen.

In July, Cuomo banned the use of e-cigarettes on the grounds of all state schools. Mike Davoli of the American Cancer Society said that the law ensures that you can go to a restaurant with your kids and be sure that neither you nor the kids are exposed to an electronic cigarette. He said he has spoken to physicians who encourage smokers to switch to the products to reduce their risk of illness.

"We're out here trying to help people", Singh said, noting his worries about the impact the ban may have on his customers. "I think people will start smoking cigarettes again".