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New Rochelle Library President Backs E-Cigarette Smoking Ban In Work Places

The county Board of Legislators is considering adding e-cigarettes to the ban on smoking in work places.
The county Board of Legislators is considering adding e-cigarettes to the ban on smoking in work places. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle Library Board of Trustees President Haina Just-Michael advocated a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in work environments, when she addressed the Westchester Board of Legislators on Monday.

Pending legislation would amend the Westchester Smoke Free Work Site Law, which presently bans smoking in work places including bars and restaurants in Westchester County, to include the use of electronic cigarettes. 

Just-Michael cited the New Rochelle Library’s ban on e-cigarettes, put in place more than a year ago, as an example for the county to follow. “We have received tremendous gratitude from our patrons and parents. It is regarded as a teaching moment for our children,” said Just-Michael. 

Although e-cigarettes are marketed as a “safe” alternative to smoking, concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes have been raised by such groups as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Citing preliminary studies that have identified cancer-causing substances in half of e-cigarettes tested, and that very little is known about the long-term effects of e-cigarette use, these organizations do not support the claims that e-cigarettes are safe. 

“The Library is a great place that needs to remain smoke free and e-cigarette free,” said Just-Michael, “I would urge you to keep cigarettes of all kinds out of other public places as a formality and as an example for our children.”

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