In thirty days vaping will be banned in all indoor public places in New York State
The new restrictions are expected to have little effect on the vaping industry in New York
70% of municipalities in New York State already ban the use of electronic cigarettes everywhere cigarettes are already banned
New York was one of the first states to ban cigarettes in indoor public places
The vaping industry has had a few hard hits over the last few years, despite a report from the CDC in October 2015, that stated in 2014 3.7% of Americans vape or use some form of electronic cigarettes. That percentage represents over 9 million users, still vaping has has faced the same smoking restrictions as cigarettes all over the country, and distributors are facing the possibility of grim regulations in the years to come.
In thirty days New York will be treating electronic cigarettes the same as cigarettes by introducing a state-wide ban prohibiting use in all indoor public places. The vaping ban will include all restaurants, bars, and offices.
While stricter restrictions against smoking cigarettes have helped the vaping industry, the new restrictions on electronic cigarettes in New York should have an overall small effect on the industry. It is reported that 70% of municipalities in New York State already have a ban on using electronic cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are already banned.
Clean Indoor Air Act
In July, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that immediately banned the use of electronic cigarettes on all private and public school grounds in New York State. Cuomo had this to say about the recent addition to the Clean Indoor Air Act.
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. This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.
For years there has been a massive debate over the benefits and dangers of using electronic cigarettes. One side of the spectrum argues it is a safer alternative to smoking and an efficient way of quitting smoking. Others say that the long-term effects are still not known or fully understood.
New York was one of the first states to ban regular cigarettes. In 1990, Governor Mario Cuomo passed the New York Clean Indoor Air Act, which banned smoking in stores, taxis, certain restaurants, and schools. In 1995, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani banned smoking in virtually all public places, with only a few exceptions. In 2003, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg nailed the final nail in public smoking’s coffin with the New York City Smoke-Free Air Act.