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Gov. Cuomo Signs New York School E-Cig Ban

Albany, NY — On July 25, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to immediately ban the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) on all public and private school grounds in New York State.


Usage of the common and ever-popular devices has exploded in recent years.  A state Dept. of Health (DOH) survey found that New York high schoolers using e-cigs doubled to 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2016.  And a recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report says that high school e-cig usage nationwide rose a staggering 900 percent from 2011 to 2015.


New York’s new law outlawing electronic nicotine and vapor delivery systems on school grounds covers e-cigarettes, vaping pens and e-hookahs.  While some are nicotine-free, most aren’t.  Exposure to nicotine in adolescence can cause addiction and harm the developing brain.


“Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging,” read the Gov.’s statement.  “This measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools.”


The bill had been sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and Sen. Patti Ritchie (D-St. Lawrence County). It had passed the Assembly 134 to 10 and the Senate 59 to 1.


A separate bill to ban e-cigs in public indoor spaces like restaurants, bars and offices under the state’s existing indoor clean air act also overwhelmingly passed the Legislature earlier this year.  The Gov. is expected to sign that legislation as well.