An e-cigarettes ban in New York City is joining other states and cities in the country. Besides New York City, an e-cigarette ban is in place in New Jersey, in Arkansas, in Utah, in North Dakota, and in several cities in California. During a New York City council hearing earlier this month, NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley urged the council to approve a ban, “saying the city couldn't risk rolling back the progress it has made driving down smoking rates,” reported The News on Dec. 23, 2013
On Thursday, the New York City council approved the e-cigarettes ban with an overwhelming majority of “43 – 8” and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure before leaving office in a few days.
Like most states and some cities in California, NYC’s ban of e-cigarettes includes no usage of the electronic cigarette device in bars, restaurants, parks, and other public places where smoking is prohibited.
The ban of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) in several states and cities is following an international and national warning about the health risks posed by e-cigarettes. Even though more studies are needed, the FDA and other international agencies have found that electronic cigarettes contain toxins and carcinogens that can cause long-term health effects.
According to a World Health Organization report, scientific testing of e-cigarettes has shown that “the products vary widely in the amount of nicotine and other chemicals they deliver and there is no way for consumers to find out what is actually delivered by the product they have purchased.”
Supporters of New York City’s e-cigarette ban said that in addition to the health effects on electronic cigarette users, there was also a major concern about second-hand vapor emitted by e-cigarettes and the fact that the nicotine vials, which are often sweetened, can addict children.