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What Proposed Ban Means for New York Vape Users

What Proposed Ban Means for New York Vape Users



As long as there’s been vaping, there has been a public debate as to when, where, and whether vaping should be allowed in public places. With the growing popularity of vapor products in the early 2010s, new legislation has sprouted across the globe, sparking discussion at the local, state, and even national level. New York, considered by many to be the epicenter of the movement to ban, restrict, or “de-normalize” tobacco use, has been a particular hotbed in terms of the vaping debates.


New York is once again in the news, as it appears that the discussion of vape usage is taking another turn toward more restrictive legislation. This stems from the state seeking to extend the provisions of the Clean Indoor Air Act, now 14 years old, to include e-cigarettes. Such extensions would effectively ban vaping in most restaurants, bars, and workplaces. Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau County) calls such new restrictions are “overdue.”


The Legislation was set to be go to a vote late on Monday, June 19th, however it is now expected to be heard later in the week - all signs are that the new bans will pass with strong bipartisan support.  The ban did go into effect this week after many delays. The Assembly passed a version of the bill earlier this year, but due to Senate tinkering with the language it must face a second vote.


Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), the bill’s sponsor, stated that the changes to the bill were minor, and she expects it to be passed quickly. The measure must be approved by the NY House, the NY Senate, and then signed into law by Governor Cuomo. When originally passed on May 17th by the Assembly during the NY State hearing, the bill included a provision allowing businesses who generate 25% or more of their income from vape products to continue to allow their customers to vape indoors, if the shop owners so choose.


What do these proposed changes mean for Empire State vapers? Bluntly, current vape-friendly areas will soon become vape-free zones. The signing of this bill will not mean the end of discussion though, as many pro-vape continue to lobby for your rights.This is not the first legal change to effect vapers, and it will most certainly not be the last. If you care about your rights or those of future potential tobacco quitters, now is the time to join an advocacy group like CASAA or the American Vaping Association, if you haven’t done so already.