Not only is smoking tobacco banned in public places in New York State, now electronic cigarette use is now banned in areas covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act.

The anti-vaping law is now in effect.

Supporters say while e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine and other chemicals that they say put smokers and non-smokers at risk.

Republican State Senator Kemp Hannon of Nassau sponsored the legislation that passed in June.  170 municipalities and three states had already prohibited use of electronic cigarettes in smoke-free environments.

The Senate also this year passed a measure prohibiting e-cigarette use at schools.

Another bill has been sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo that would close a loophole that allows some e-cigarette retailers who don’t also sell tobacco products to avoid compliance checks to keep minors from buying the products

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