Syracuse, NY (October 26, 2017) – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday signed a bill to ban vaping anywhere cigarettes are already prohibited, like workplaces, bars and restaurants. The ban begins in 30 days. E-cigs, as the vaping products are often called, were added to New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act this summer by the State Assembly, and the measure was approved by the Senate.

“I am excited to hear that e-cigarettes will now be included in the definitions covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act,” said Christopher Owens, Director of the CNY Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Health.  “This is great news for ensuring a safe environment for all New Yorkers who might be exposed to the deleterious effects of secondhand smoke or secondhand vape.”

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually contains nicotine, and other harmful ingredients, including volatile compounds, heavy metals and chemicals linked to lung disease. According to the National Lung Association, nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes are on the market. E-cigarette use among middle and high school students more than tripled from 2013 to 2015.

Vaping is now a $2.5-billion industry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that while the health consequences of the product are little understood, there are still reasons for concern, including nicotine addiction.

“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,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.”

The American Vaping Association and other critics have blasted the measures and argue that the health risks of e-cigs are being exaggerated.

 

About The Central New York Regional Center of Tobacco Health Systems

The Central New York Regional Center of Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph’s Health is a grant funded program through the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control. The Center covers 14 counties within Central New York, working with healthcare systems to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment with a focus on agencies and organizations that serve people with low education, low income, or serious mental illness. For more information, visit www.sjhsyr.org/tobacco-cessation.

About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit regional health care system based in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to home care, to our Magnet-recognized hospital, and in collaboration with our community partners, St. Joseph's Health is advancing the health of the communities we serve through an expanding range of healthcare services to ensure our patients achieve optimum long-term health. Ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital” and a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is widely recognized for quality, value and delivering the highest patient satisfaction. St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a part of Trinity Health.