New Yorkers for Smarter Smoking Alternatives is a coalition comprised of local retailers, wholesalers and distributors, and members of the public who have come together to actively oppose the recent attempts by the City and State government to restrict access to electronic cigarettes and smarter smoking alternatives.
Some of the bills that are sitting in the New York State legislature include a bill that would essentially ban the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor locations such as bars and restaurants. The members of this coalition recognize that electronic cigarettes have helped countless people better control – and even eliminate – their smoking habit, play a significant and crucial role in supporting the New York State economy, and provide a smoking alternative that has touched the lives of thousands while other smoking cessation products have fallen short.
“Certain people in the New York State legislature have been attacking smoking rights for over a decade, pushing people to quit. However, just as New Yorkers find a safer alternative, the New York State legislature decided to wound public freedom even further,” says NYSSA Spokesman David Schwartz. “This new coalition has formed to tell New York State that the ‘Nanny State’ has overstepped yet another right that we will strive to protect.”