A statewide ban on e-cigarette use has begun in New York recently. The Health Department of the state announced a law signed by the Gov. Cuomo in October has placed new restrictions on the indoor use of e-cigarettes and it’s now taking effect.
Therefore, vapers of NYC cannot enjoy vaping in the workplace, on public transportation, indoors in any public and private colleges and any other places anymore. They can still use e-cigarettes in other areas, such as private homes, hotel rooms and outdoor dining areas without a roof or ceiling.
“E-cigarettes are promoted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but they may carry long-term health risks for users and people exposed to the clouds of e-cigarettes.” said Dr. Howard Zucker, the health commissioner of the state.
Advocates for the law hold the view that smoke from e-cigarettes poses health risks just like regular cigarettes. “You’ve got to really treat e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes”, said a co-sponsor of the law banning e-cigarettes. Another sponsor argued that the new law will protect workers and customers. These people don’t want to be exposed to the chemicals e-cigarettes contain.
The new restrictions mark the latest step taken by the state to curb e-cigarette use, especially among teens.
Advocates for the law hope it will help discourage young people from vaping and reduce the soaring popularity of e-cigarette. According to a state Health Department survey released in January, the percentage of school students using e-cigarettes had almost doubled.
Proponents of vaping argued that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. “If public health is the ultimate aim, the state should not limit e-cigarette use and discourage the transition from smoking to vaping?” said North American affairs manager of the Consumer Choice Center last month. “This ban creates an obstacle for people quit smoking.”
The American Vaping Association opposes the ban, too. According to a statement the association, vapor products do not pose risks to bystanders. They believed the government has exaggerated the health risks of e-cigarette use. “Adult smokers in New York should not be misled to believe vaping is equally as harmful as smoking,” said the association.The Health Department of the state announced a law signed by Gov. Cuomo in October placing new restrictions on the indoor use of e-cigarettes now takes effect.
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