On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill which would now treat e-cigarettes in the same way as regular cigarettes, placing the same restrictions on them.
The next step is to have this signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
This will lead to people not being allowed to use e-cigarettes in most restaurants, bars and workplaces.
Their reasoning is that New Yorkers should be allowed to “breathe clean air free of toxins,” which is a pretty ridiculous statement to anyone who has spent time in New York City, which is definitely not known for it’s ‘fresh air.’
There is currently a rise in e-cigarette usage by teens, with the number of high school students who are using this electronic product increasing by 900% between 2011 and 2015.
This law has the support of the American Lung Association as well as the Senators of the Health Committee.
“It’s about time we saw all New Yorkers protected by these important health protections,” said organization CEO Jeff Seyler. The prospect of the bill becoming law is worrying for Michelle Chung, manager of the SoHo location of Good Guy Vapes. “If we have this bill passed, and you can’t vape in here, it’s kind of like cutting off a safe haven for people,” said Chung. Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) sponsored the bill because was concerned the usage of e-cigarettes would “renormalize smoking behavior.” “New Yorkers have a right to breathe clean air free of toxins,” Rosenthal said. “It’s now up to the Senate to act to protect the health of all New Yorkers.” Rosenthal said she was especially concerned about the rise in e-cigarette usage by teens. Use of e-cigarettes among high school students increased by 900 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to the US Surgeon General. Senators on the Health Committee have already approved the bill. It also has the support of the American Lung Association.