E Cigarette Ban in New York
On April 21th, the New York State Assembly unanimously voted on a bill — A9529 — to ban e-cigarettes after reviewing an article published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Unlike other states who banned e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas, this bill will not only prohibit selling electronic cigarettes to minors, it will ban all smoking products “containing or delivering nicotine” that have not been approved by the FDA as a product to promote cessession or reduction of tobacco addiction, although the bill also reference removing herbal cigarettes from display. In essence, this bill will not just prohibit sales to minors, it will also affect adult smokers by creating a blanket ban on all e-cigarette sales in the state of New York, which could prompt other states to pass similar legislation.
The bill is now being reviewed by the Senate Health Committee, after which it will be passed to the senate for a final vote. The bill states that once passed, the law would become immediately effective and impose a civil penalty “in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars for each violation” for merchants and internet distributors selling e-cigarettes, regardless of their country of origin. Comments concerning this bill can be directed to Thomas K. Duance, Chair of the New York Health Committee, by calling 518-455-2451, faxing a statement to 518-426-6846 or sending an email to email@example.com.
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