While proponents of e-cigarettes contend that they do not produce the caustic smoke typically associated with tobacco use, this does not appear to be enough for the State of New York. On Dec. 19, New York voted to expand its citywide indoor smoking ban to include the use of e-cigarettes.
The legislation was proposed in late November and was passed in a City Council vote of 43-8 last week. The new rules will add electronic cigarettes to the city's Smoke-Free Air Act, which dictates where and when smokers can light up. This is only weeks after the city became the first to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21.