New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just signed off a bill that bans vaping in public spaces across the state. In a recent press conference, Cuomo noted that although the industry promotes e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to tobacco products, they also carry hidden, “long-term risks to the health of users and those around them.”
The governor is confident the new law would close a “dangerous loophole” in the state’s legislation concerning the use of e-cigarettes in public.
The governor’s office confirmed that the electronic devices could be tied to adverse effects for users and non-smokers in the long run since there’s little information on what chemicals and type of nicotine the devices contain.
The law will take effect in November. The new restrictions will not apply to e-cigarette users using the devices in their homes, tobacco shops, hotel rooms, or other private venues.
E-Cigarettes Carry Risks
E-cigarettes have become more and more controversial over the years despite their huge popularity among teens and young adults. Earlier this year, most Americans couldn’t tell whether the chemicals from their e-cigarette use affected their kids.
The Surgeon general recently cited a study showing that second-hand e-cigarette aerosol contains harmful chemicals and tiny particles that can damage the lungs in the long term.
In May last year, the FDA finally banned the sale of the devices to kids and teens. The agency explained that the delay was mainly due to a lengthy process of planning a set of new rules for the nicotine delivery systems.
Lawmakers have opposing views on e-cigarettes in all states. while some regulators see them as beneficial since they provide a healthier alternative to smoking, others are concerned the devices can get kids and teens hooked to nicotine, which can encourage them to take up smoking.
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