NYC Adds E-Cigarettes To The List Of Things You Can’t Smoke In Many Public Places

Make that "No Vaping" in NYC, too. (Eva_Deht)

Make that “No Vaping” in NYC, too. (Eva_Deht)

New York City has had a strict ban on smoking in many public places like bars, restaurants, workplaces, stores and since 2002, with the addition of parks and public plazas in 2011. But even if that smoke isn’t really smoke, and is vapor from an e-cigarette, well now you can’t do that either, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped push a measure through the city council that extends the smoking ban to e-cigs.

The New York City Council passed the measure in a 43-8 vote in the last council meeting of 2013, perfect timing for the outgoing Mayor Bloomberg. If his critics called his a nanny administration before, well, at least he went out with a consistent bang?

The ban will likely be signed into law by Bloomberg, notes the Wall Street Journal, which is sure to hit the e-cigarette industry pretty hard in the city. The cigs don’t really emit a smoke, just a nicotine-laced liquid that goes into and out of the lungs as a vapor. Which makes this an anti-vaping measure, instead of anti-smoking.

NYC could soon be joined by cities like Los Angeles and Chicago as soon as January, as both cities are mulling over similar bans.

Supporters of e-cigarettes say the devices are less harmful than regular smokes, which makes them a useful tool to wean people off smoking, so taking those tools away could prevent that.

Those on the other side don’t think it’s enough to just be not as bad as cigarettes and that secondhand vapor is also a negative, while the nicotine will turn non-smokers into smokers.

“We’re grateful that New Yorkers will not be exposed to potentially unsafe secondhand emissions from electronic cigarettes,” said the head of the American Lung Association in the Northeast, in a statement.

It’s quite a blow to the makers of e-cigarettes, who are chiming in with their disappointment. The president of Logic Technology, which is a big player in the e-cig market, said the NYC ban doesn’t take the science into accounts.

“It’s really unfortunate. I find their line of reasoning flawed,” he told the WSJ. “It’s not based on science and there’s no foundation for this.”

New York City Extends Smoking Ban to E-Cigarettes [Wall Street Journal]

Read Comments8

Edit Your Comment

  1. mobafett says:

    Good. E-cigs vaporize glycerin and propylene glycol, two corn-based allergens that shouldn’t be spewed in the air for others to be forced to breathe. I wish I could ban Glade air fresheners with similar ingredients. They’re death sprays to people with allergies.

    • CommonC3nts says:

      That is not a normal allergy.
      Rare allergies are not going to be accomodated by the public. That is just the way it is.

    • KyMann says:

      mobafett: You have a point, except that you’re completely wrong.

      VG and PG are not “spewed in the air.” They are absorbed upon contact with mucus membranes of the mouth and nose. What you see exhaled is water vapor (the carrier displaces water in the cells).

      Big tobacco and big pharma focus discussion on the liquid.

      An unbiased viewpoint would look at what’s actually exhaled: PG and VG free, less nicotine than if you ate a pepper, and traces (measured in parts per trillion) of FDA food additives.

      A person has to be using a homemade mod and/or deliberately over-vaping for ANY of the original vapor to be escaping.

      Cities and states don’t like vaping because they don’t get all those juicy sin taxes from tobacco.

  2. RupturedDuck says:

    E-cigarettes have no upside, except for the manufacturers:

    They continue to keep nicotine users hooked to the drug.
    The byproducts are environmentally suspect.
    There are documented reports of fires and explosions caused by e-cigarettes.
    They continue to promote use of actual tobacco products.

    • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

      personal upside: i still smoke the occasional cigarette but mostly i am using e-cigarettes. and i no longer smell like smoke to my coworkers.

  3. KyMann says:

    It didn’t take long for Big Tobacco and Big Pharma to get their lies entrenched as laws.

    Big Tobacco wants the same restrictions as cigarettes because it’ll keep people from switching away from cancer sticks.

    Big Pharma needs to keep popular the myth that smoking is all about nicotine addiction because they have an answer for that.

    It’s a shame people don’t look at unbiased research.

  4. Reimu says:

    They still stink like regular cigarettes.

    • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

      depends on the liquid being used. i stopped using one brand because it did have an odor in addition to the flavoring. what i am currently using has no odor at all according to people i’ve asked when using it.