More and more people are turning to e-cigarettes as the evidence shows they are less harmful than tobacco. But not everyone agrees with the latter opinion. New York State has just banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places. This is not trivial news, as New York is the 16th most powerful economy in the world—ahead of South Korea—largely because of New York City.
The new law follows governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Clean Air Act, which will take effect at the end of November 2017. According to the governor, e-cigarettes are just as dangerous to public health as regular cigarettes. They are harmful to users and secondary smoke is also an issue. According to Cuomo, e-cigarette liquids contain toxic chemicals (formaldehyde, benzene, etc.). Moreover, due to the nicotine in the liquids, e-cigarettes are « just as addictive as tobacco ». The governor also says that the various e-liquid flavors incite children to try smoking.
New York: towards a tobacco and e-cigarette free state?
Currently, close to 70% of towns in the state of New York would ban e-cigarettes in public places. The new measure signed by Cuomo, which has been supported by senator Kemp Hannon, should clarify the specifics of the law for the entire state. As with tobacco, it will now be against the law to use e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars, and workplaces. Use of the e-cigarette is already forbidden in public and private schools.
If the government is content with these new measures, e-cigarette users are obviously not as enthusiastic. The nicotine in e-liquids helps smokers quit tobacco, but if the devices are banned, fewer people will be interested in e-cigarettes.