Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors – Albany Times Union (blog)

The state Legislature has passed a bill that would add e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which would ban their use indoors at establishments such as bars and restaurants.

The measure was approved by the state Senate on Monday night after undergoing amendments. It passed the Assembly, which approved the original version of the bill in May, on Tuesday 85-34.

Currently there are some county bans on e-cigarette usage, but there is no statewide prohibition on vaping indoors.

Should Gov. Andrew Cuomo sign the bill, vaping would be banned in, among other areas, the workplace, on buses and subways, and in outdoor areas where smoking is otherwise banned, such as within 100 feet of a school.

Among the areas that vaping would still be allowed are private homes, hotel rooms and outdoor dining areas that do not have a roof or other ceiling enclosure.

Cuomo proposed adding e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act earlier this year, but his proposal fell out of state budget talks.

Matthew Hamilton

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