- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in a New York county where smoking indoors is already prohibited are considering adding a ban on e-cigarettes.

The Journal News reports (https://lohud.us/1KSqaOX ) Rockland County officials held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the expansion of the county’s smoking restrictions to treat electronic cigarettes like traditional tobacco products.

Legislator Aney Paul, a Nanuet Democrat who authored the proposal, says she’s alarmed by the chemicals contained in e-cigarettes and is concerned by the increase in “vaping” by young people.

The bill would ban use of e-cigarettes in areas already covered by the state’s 2003 Clean Indoor Air Act - which includes offices, restaurants, schools, sports facilities and government buildings.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the number of teens using the tobacco alternative tripled between 2013 and 2014.


Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com

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