State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces.
A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why are e-cigarettes still allowed in places where you can't smoke? The short answer is because e-cigarettes didn’t exist when the earlier law was passed. That's why numerous localities have passed local laws. We are happy to report the NYS Assembly sided with public health and passed legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Rosenthal, to close this loophole.
Despite the championship of Senator Hannon, the bill's sponsor, the Senate failed to bring the bill for a vote. Given the large support from the public health community, it is disappointing to see some lawmakers heed the advice of the vaping and tobacco industry.
We need more research about the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes. We do know e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use. Even more disturbing, according to a new report from the CDC, e-cigarette use tripled among U.S. middle and high school students in just one year.
Thank you to everyone that helped move this bill forward in the Assembly. We will continue to work to close the e-cigarette loophole in the next state session!