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NY Bans E-cigarettes in Workplaces Throughout the State

New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a bill banning e-cigarettes in work places throughout the sate. The law makes smoking e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most work places illegal.



Cuomo signed the bill on Monday. He said the ban will provide consistency throughout the state.

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“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. ” This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

“E-cigarettes are proving to be just another tool reeling them into a dangerous and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine,” Seyler said.






Other states including California, Connecticut and New Jersey have already banned the devices in most public areas. The American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association have backed the law.

Jeff Seyler, the executive vice president of the American Lung Association’s northeast region said the new law will let people, including young people understand that e-cigarettes are not healthy, and could help people of all ages to not get hooked on nicotine.

“E-cigarettes are proving to be just another tool reeling them into a dangerous and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine,” Seyler said.

Thomas Kiklas who is the co-owner of an e-cigarette brand and the co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association said that the New York ban will someday be rolled back along with other states once the public learns more about e-cigarettes. Kiklas said he has spoken to doctors who suggest that smokers switch to the product to reduce the risk of illness.






“At some point consumers will realize how valuable this is,” Kiklas said.

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New York’s new e-cigarette law will go into effect in 30 days. Earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo signed a similar bill. He also signed a bill raising the age of marriage consent in the state from 14 to 18.

 

 

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