Much like their tobacco-ridden cousins that came before, e-cigarettes will soon face increased restrictions throughout the Hudson Valley.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to sign a bill into law on Monday that will restrict the use of e-cigarettes at restaurants, bars and around the workplace. The measure was adopted by the Legislature in June.
The new restrictions extend the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act to include the electronic cigarettes. The more aggressive restrictions will be put in place in 30 days.
Advocates supporting the ban, including the American Cancer Society, have said that the smoke from e-cigarettes can pose a health risk not dissimilar to that of a regular cigarette. Some critics of the restrictions include restaurant and bar owners, who believe that the ban may make their places of business less appealing or hospitable.
"Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging to teens and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools," Cuomo said in June. "This measure will further this administration's efforts to combat teen smoking in all its forms and help create a stronger, healthier New York for all."
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