State bans indoor smoking of e-cigarettes – Oneonta Daily Star

A ban on e-cigarettes and vaping at indoor public places in New York will go into effect next month, after Gov.Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Monday that covers vaping under the Clean Indoor Air Act.

“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,” Cuomo said in a news release about the signing.

E-cigarettes have been found to help people quit smoking, but their role is increasingly debated as vaping becomes more popular. With a lack of broad regulations on what chemicals they contain and how much nicotine they deliver, the governor’s office warns of possible long-term adverse health effects. Others warn that the devices will attract nonsmokers to nicotine and eventually lead to more people smoking.

“I understand the ban because clouds of smoke can be obnoxious, but the U.S. seems to be continuing a war on vaping when they should be looking at it from the angle that it could be saving thousands of lives,” said Shannon Paturel, owner of Clouded Roots Vapor in Oneonta.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the federal government this month to reverse a decision to delay regulations for e-cigarettes, citing a report that one in five New York high school students have used e-cigarettes in the past year.

The popularity of new gadgets like Juul, which has pods with a high nicotine content and can fool teachers because it looks like a USB stick, “demands the FDA smoke out dangerous e-cigs and their mystery chemicals before more New York kids get hooked,” Schumer said in a press conference.

Some e-cigarettes have been found to contain harmful chemicals, and The New England Journal of Medicine found in 2015 that their aerosols can

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