Forbes: New York City May Ban Vaping Because It Looks Like Smoking" title="Forbes: New York City May Ban Vaping Because It Looks Like Smoking">forbes jim gennaro ecig

Forbes: New York City May Ban Vaping Because It Looks Like Smoking

The New York City Council is considering a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurant, and other “public places”—not because there is any evidence that the devices pose a hazard but because they look too much like regular cigarettes. Councilman James Gennaro, a sponsor of the proposed ban, tells The New York Times, ”We see these cigarettes are really starting to proliferate, and it’s unacceptable.” Why is it unacceptable? According to the Times, “Mr. Gennaro said children who could not differentiate between regular and electronic smoking were getting the message that smoking is socially acceptable.”

…since the main selling point of e-cigarettes is that they eliminate tobacco, its combustion products, and the health hazards associated with them. Although the Times says vaping in public remains legal thanks to “a loophole” in New York’s smoking ban, the truth is that vaping remains legal precisely because vaping is not smoking. By seeking to equate the two, control freaks like Gennaro may achieve the opposite of their avowed aim, increasing rather than reducing smoking-related illness. As Craig Weiss, president of the e-cigarette company NJoy, tells the Times, “If you make it just as inconvenient to use an electronic cigarette as a tobacco cigarette, people are just going to keep smoking their Marlboros.”

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New York Daily News: City Council seeks ban on e-cigarettes

The City Council will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill to prohibit the use of batty-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in places where people can’t smoke tobacco cigarettes, including restaurants, offices, parks and beaches.

First the city banned smoking in most public places. Now it’s moving to snuff out the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes as well.

The City Council announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of the battery-operated, tobacco-free vaporizers in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other places where smoking regular cigarettes is not allowed.

The goal is to enact the new law by the end of the year, before the Council’s current session ends.

E-cigarettes have emerged as a trendy alternative to tobacco cigarettes, their popularity fueled by a perception that they are healthier and that they can help people kick conventional cigarette habits.

But anti-smoking advocates said there is no research showing that “vaping” e-cigarettes is safe or that the smokeless devices can help people leave smoking addictions behind.

The advocates say that e-cigs actually might interfere with attempts to quit smoking, because many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the habit-forming stimulant contained in tobacco smoke.

The Council bill claims that the e-cigs may even increase the appeal of traditional smoking. “Children and youth who experiment with electronic cigarettes may become addicted to nicotine and then switch to smoking cigarettes,” the bill states.

The bill is sponsored by Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens) and Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).

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