A group of lawmakers in New York have proposed a bill that would ban electronic cigarettes in public areas, essentially seeking the same restriction for e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes.
E-cigarettes, also known as personal vaporizers or PVs, allow users to inhale smoke-like vapors by heating a liquid solution which is usually a combination of flavorings and nicotine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced last week that it will begin regulating e-cigarettes for ingredients and also to ban sales to minors. Organizations including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids have criticized the agency for being lax and for not doing enough to keep e-cigarettes from children.
New York City is one of many major cities that have already banned e-cigarettes. Residents in Gotham can no longer smoke e-cigs anywhere that regular cigarettes are also prohibited, such as in bars, restaurants and parks. Now, legislators in Albany want the rest of the state to follow. State reps are pushing the measure as part of the more comprehensive Indoor Clean Air Act Bill.
“New York City did it,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, said. “The rest of New York State needs the same protection.”