Say goodbye to e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants

Posted at 6:27 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 09:35:27-04

So long to e-cigarettes, vaping pens, e-hookahs and similar devices that typically have nicotine. 

Today Governor Cuomo signed a bill adding e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited. 

Under current law, only smoking substances containing tobacco -- cigars, cigarettes, pipes -- are not allowed in public places. 

Though many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants, bars, and some work places, this bill makes the law consistent across the state. 

The governor said, "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."