Monday, December 30, 2013

Mayor Signs E-Cigarette Bill - Banning Smoking In Parks and Other Public Places

Mayor Bloomberg signed 22 bills into law Monday, including a ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes, a ban on Styrofoam and a bill to create a database to track Hurricane Sandy recovery spending.

This afternoon Mayor Bloomberg signed 22 bills into law including a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places reinforcing the Smoke-Free Air Act passed in 2002. That law banned cigarette smoking in bars and later in public parks and beaches.  Last week  the City Council voted 43-8 to approve the bill.   (Photo: Jefferson Siegel/New Yrok Daily News) 

The ban goes into effect on April 30, 2014. 

Last month the Mayor signed legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. 

December 30, 2013
No. 443
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

“The next bill before me is Introductory Number 1210-A, sponsored by Council Members Gennaro, Quinn, Arroyo, Greenfield, Vacca, Koo, Koppell, Richards, and Dromm.  This legislation amends the Smoke Free Air Act to prohibit electronic or e-cigarettes in all areas where combustible cigarettes are currently prohibited. 

“The City has made great strides in limiting the use of tobacco in public areas and thereby improving the health of all New Yorkers.  The United States Food and Drug Administration has stated they intend to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and states including New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah have taken steps to prohibit their use in bars and restaurants.  Organizations such as the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids support this legislation.

“E-cigarettes heat up a chemical solution and emit vapors to provide its user with nicotine, the same highly addictive ingredient found in combustible cigarettes.  The next generation of potential smokers could gravitate to getting their nicotine fix from these products.

“This legislation will help protect the gains we have made to reduce combustible cigarette use in New York City and will serve as an example for other municipalities to follow.

“I would like to thank the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and his staff for their work on this bill, along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs.  I would also like to thank the City Council for approving this legislation.”

Read More:

Mayor Bloomberg signs indoor e-cigarette ban among final bills as smokers light up  
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