On his last day in office, Mayor Bloomberg flexed his authoritative muscle and signed a bill restricting the smoking of e-cigarettes. The new law will treat e-cigs as if they were conventional cigarettes, and prohibit them in all places cigarettes are banned, including public areas, parks, restaurants and bars. Starting next year, those wishing to get their electronic nicotine fix will have to get their butts in designated areas with the rest of the smokers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a productive last day, signing 22 bills into laws, including the e-cigarette ban, as well as creating a public database for tracking public money allocated to Hurricane Sandy relief. Another bill could ban take-out containers made from Styrofoam, if passed next year.
E-cigarettes, which popped up as a smoking alternative not long ago, have been causing controversy over the past year. Some argued that smoking e-cigarettes in public is harmless to others, since they emit vapor instead of smoke, but Bloomberg’s reasoning for the ban is to help keep New Yorkers healthy. In the same vein as the ban on large sodas, the ban on e-cigarettes puts health first, making addiction to nicotine a little more difficult and inconvenient, which will hopefully sway its consumption.
Via NY 1