New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, expanding on bans already in place in many state municipalities, signed into law a bill banning use of vaping devices statewide in most public places where people gather indoors.
"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," Cuomo said. The bill prohibits use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices everywhere that cigarettes are prohibited. In July the governor signed legislation banning use of vaping devices anywhere on school grounds, the governor’s office said. Zoos also are subject to a complete ban.
Exemptions include hotel rooms, retail tobacco businesses and cigar bars prior in business longer than 1 January 2003 where at least 10 per cent of the gross is from the sale of tobacco products. Smoking areas are allowed in up to 25 per cent of roofless outdoor areas at restaurants.