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New Legislation Would Re-Classify eCigs

New legislation in the State Assembly would re-classify e-cigarettes and put them in the same category as conventional cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, a Democrat from Ossining, has proposed the bill which would prevent e-cigarettes from being used in public places where conventional smoking has already been banned. But retailers of the battery-powered devices that dispense nicotine in vapor form say such a designation would be unfair since e-cigs have only nicotine in common with traditional cigarettes and don't come with the thousands of other harmful chemicals.

"I don't believe you should punish or harm people who want to get away from chemicals in cigarettes and either to step away from nicotine completely or just cut themselves away from the chemicals on an e-cigarette and call it something that it's not," said Brent Hannum, co-owner of Glory Vapes.

"It would potentially prevent people that are in the vicinity from being exposed to the vapor which could contain toxins. Also, the less people see smoking in an environment, especially youth, the less likely they are to think it's a normal part of the environment," said Sharon Fischer, Tobacco Control Coordinator for the Broome County Health Department.

CDC findings that show eCig use among sixth through twelfth graders more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Glory Vapes owners say customers have credited eCigs with helping them quit traditional cigarettes.


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