Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

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E-cigarettes and vaping are being banned in indoor public areas in NY, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will place the same restrictions on new and old nicotine delivery systems.

When it takes effect next month, New York's new law will cover vaping under the state's Clean Indoor Air Act.

Although many NY counties had already banned e-cigarettes, the new law reduces public exposure to e-cigarette chemical fumes statewide.

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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. They also argue that using e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking. "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law". But the New York State Health Department says that vaping isn't as safe as some think because what is produced can have formaldehyde, cadmium and other chemicals, in addition to nicotine that is found in traditional cigarettes, USA Today reported.

Electronic nicotine and vapor delivery systems, which include e-cigarettes, vaping pens, e-hookah and similar devices, typically contain nicotine.

"It will be a rule subjecting e-cigs to the Clean Indoor Air Act that provides of balance of being able to enjoy clean air in their restaurants and workplace and still allows people who want to partake in e-cigarettes in their own homes", Hannon said in an interview. Earlier this year, Cuomo signed legislation to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in all public and private schools. Kemp Hannon said, "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".

Vaping is starting to go down the same path as smoking.