Last June, lawmakers in Albany voted to add vaping products to the state Clean Indoor Air Act, hence banning the devices from places where cigarettes are already banned, such as bars and restaurants.
“These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them,” said Cuomo yesterday in a statement. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all, ”he added about this latest ban.
Sending the wrong message to the public
On the other hand public health experts have been warning against the dangers of maintaining such an attitude and implementing measures that do not differentiate between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. Countless studies have indicated that the electronic devices are significantly safer than their deadly combustible counterparts, besides being also the most effective smoking cessation tools available to date.
When Cuomo said that the products carry “long term risks” to their users, he failed to add that these risks are calculated at only 1% to 5% of those carried by cigarettes. Hence regular smokers would benefit greatly by switching from smoking to vaping, and regulations that put e-cigarettes on the same shelf as regular cigarettes send the opposite message.
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