Electronic cigarette use will be prohibited in all places where tobacco smoking is currently banned when new legislation goes into effect on November 22 in New York State.

Many counties in New York have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places but the bill (S.2543A/ A.516A), signed into law yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, makes the ban uniform. “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,” said Governor Cuomo. 

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Studies into the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes – which usually contain nicotine – are limited but of the studies that have been completed, there have been mixed results. A study from Georgetown University earlier this year predicted that replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes would result in far fewer premature deaths. While another study found an association between e-cigarette use and bladder cancer. In addition, some of the liquids used in e-cigarettes have been found to contain toxic and potentially carcinogenic metals

Defenders of e-cigarettes have argued that switching from regular cigarettes to electronic has helped people quit smoking altogether, though the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for smoking cessation in adults.

In July, New York banned all use of e-cigarettes on public and private school grounds in the state. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all,” said Govenor Cuomo.

For more information visit govenor.ny.gov.