Cuomo signs legislation adding e-cigarettes to Clean Indoor Air Act

Cuomo signs legislation adding e-cigarettes to Clean Indoor Air Act

Cuomo signs legislation adding e-cigarettes to Clean Indoor Air Act

Several states including California, Connecticut and New Jersey have already added the devices to their smoking bans.

Adding e-cigarettes, including vaping pens and e-hookahs, to the 14-year-old Clean Indoor Act comes shortly after the new devices became popular.

Before the new law, just substances containing tobacco, including stogies, cigarettes or pipes, were banned from use in broad daylight places.

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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 in statement. "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law".

But proponents of vaping argue that e-cigs are a safer alternative to cigarettes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other indoor public places.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state's municipalities already have bans on the books, according to the American Lung Association. Alexandra Miller said people should not vape or smoke indoors.

Hannon said a pending bill would require the sellers of e-cigarettes to register with the state the same way sellers of traditional products must.

Citing the lack of broad regulations on what chemicals e-cigarettes can contain and how much nicotine they deliver, the governor's office says, "These factors could lead to long-term adverse health effects for e-cigarette users and bystanders". The state in July banned e-cigs from all school grounds.

The law is the latest step in a push by many state and local governments to put e-cigarettes on the same level as tobacco products.

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