NY adds vaping to smoking ban statewide

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New York City's ban has been in place since 2013, when Michael R. Bloomberg, then the mayor, included it in the city's Smoke Free Air Act.

In July, Cuomo signed into law a ban on e-cigarettes anywhere on school grounds as surveys showed a spike in use of e-cigarettes by youths too young to buy cigarettes. "As the proud sponsor of this legislation, I am pleased NY will be taking this step to protect New Yorkers from the potential harms of e-cigarettes".

"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 said in statement.

Studies into the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes - which usually contain nicotine - are limited but of the studies that have been completed, there have been mixed results. In addition, some of the liquids used in e-cigarettes have been found to contain toxic and potentially carcinogenic metals.

It's worth noting that by placing e-cigarettes and vapes on the same level as traditional cigarettes statewide, Cuomo is merely closing the gap between the 70 percent of New York State's cities that have already instituted similar regulations and the 30 percent that haven't. "I am pleased that the governor signed this bill into law, and look forward to continuing to work with the administration to enhance New York's tobacco control measures".

The dangers of e-cigarettes have become a hot debate topic in recent years, even as the devices have seen massive popularity.

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But manufacturers have not gone quietly in the city, mounting several legal challenges arguing that e-cigs do not qualify, because technically they do not emit smoke.

But proponents of devices like e-cigs and vaporizers - larger, cellphone-size gadgets - say they are a safer alternative to cigarettes and may help with smoking cessation.

NY has not been as open to vaping as other states, citing concerns about the product.

Nicotine delivered through vaping can still be addictive, and is often marketed with flavors such as mint chocolate, milk and cookies, and melon candy, the department said.

It's no secret that the e-cigarette/vaping industry is big business.

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