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State Assembly bill would ban smoking e-cigarettes indoors

Publication Date: 6/19/2015
  • Author:Jon Campbell
  • Publication:Press & Sun-Bulletin

The fate of a bill banning electronic cigarettes in public, indoor spaces rests with the state Senate.

The state Assembly on Thursday voted 85-58 to approve the measure, which would make the small, battery-powered vaporizers subject to the same indoor restrictions on traditional cigarettes. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is awaiting a vote as lawmakers vow to return to the Capitol next week.

E-cigarettes have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to traditional lit cigarettes. But they aren't currently affected by the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in public, indoor places, including restaurants, bars and all workplaces.

"While electronic cigarettes … are growing in popularity, little is known about the risks associated with smoking them," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said in a statement. "E-cigarettes are currently unregulated, putting New Yorkers at risk. This legislation would protect those who want to avoid secondhand exposure."...