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May 24, 2016: Medical Groups, Senators Seek E-cigarettes Indoor Ban in New York

May 24, 2016, four major medical groups implored the government of New York state to include electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”) in the Clean Indoor Air Act. This is a move which would effectively ban the use of e-cigarettes everywhere tobacco products are prohibited. This includes restaurants, bars and other workplaces.

E-cigarettes Indoor Ban Legislation Backed by Medical Groups, Senators

This aspirational statewide legislation has the support of Representatives from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and others joined bill sponsors Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan.

“Second-Hand Smoke” Risk of E-Cigarettes, Justifies E-cigarettes Indoor Ban

This legislation addresses the health risk to e-cigarette users as well as bystanders who inhale potentially dangerous chemicals. Another aim of this legislation is to eliminate the impression of unhealthy habits for young people.

Dr. Mark Travers, director of the Air Pollution Exposure Research Laboratory at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, has testified that emissions from an e-cigarette pose health risks to nonusers, just as traditional cigarettes pose a health risk of secondhand smoke.

Chemicals emitted from an e-cigarettes include acrolein, an ingredient of weed killer, formaldehyde, a substance used in the embalming fluid, and other cancer-causing agents.

E-cigarette Use Risks

While e-cigarettes may have the benefit of weaning smokers off of traditional cigarettes, the product also holds many risks.

Smokers may use e-cigarettes to rationalize continued smoking, youth might take up e-cigarettes believing they are a safer alternative, or former smokers may see them as an acceptable away to return to their nicotine habits, according to Dr. Mark Travers, director of the Air Pollution Exposure Research Laboratory at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

According to the survey results released by the state Health Department last year, high school students and young adults use e-cigarettes at almost twice the rate of New Yorkers 25 and older.

E-cigarette News

This movement comes within a month of FDA Expansion of E-cigarette Regulation.

Since this point, the FDA has established a Faulty Vape Reporting Program.

To learn more about E-cigarette regulation and news, visit Exploding E-cigarette Injury and FDA E-cigarette Regulation Affects Retailers.


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