Ex-smokers in New York state can no longer legally vape in workplaces, bars, or restaurants.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday night that adds e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act. According to the Albany Times Union, the law takes effect in 30 days.
In addition to banning vapes in the workplace and other public gathering places, the law prohibits vaping on public transport, in college buildings, and in any outdoor location where smoking is not allowed.
“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,” the governor said in a prepared statement. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier New York for all.”
The governor urged the ban as part of his proposed budget this year. At the same time, he proposed an e-liquid tax that would have crippled vape shops. The tax didn’t make it through the legislative process. Earlier this year, Cuomo signed another bill that banned vaping on school grounds. It’s now illegal in New York to vape within 100 feet of entrances, exits, or outdoor areas of schools.