This summer, the State Assembly added e-cigarettes to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act, and the measure was passed by the Senate.
Bayer said he thinks lawmakers don't understand the difference between e-cigarettes and traditional smokes, and are "responding in uncertainty". "This measure closes another risky loophole in the law". NY created the act in 2003, making it one of the country's first states to ban smoking tobacco products in public indoor areas.
Cuomo said that these products are merchandised as a wholesome option to cigarettes but the actuality is that they also fetch long-term hazards to the well being of users and the nonsmokers around them.
NY has not been as open to vaping as other states, citing concerns about the product. The measure bans e-cigarettes in any building, structure, and outdoor grounds in public and private preschools and other schools through high school. The addition of new smoking methods, like e-cigarettes, vaping pens and e-hookahs, to the act closed a loophole in the law that allowed individuals to smoke tobacco in public places where cigarettes are prohibited. Manufacturers have fought back against the city, however, mounting several legal challenges that argue e-cigs do not qualify because they do not emit smoke. While many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants, bars and other work places, this bill makes the law consistent across the state.
The new law has the backing of the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.
At Long Island Vape, in Huntington Station, the owner, Aman Singh, said the rules were unnecessary - the social mores that govern cigarettes already are in play when it comes to vapers, he said.
"We're out here trying to help people", he said, adding he worries about the impact ever-tighter strictures on e-cigarettes would have on his customers.