New York City expands the war on cigarettes to include vaping. Yesterday, the New York City council voted 43-8 to ban vaping in public places where it’s sister, the cigarette, is banned. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law before he leaves office.
Vaping is known as the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigs). The ban complements the Smoke-Free Air Act, but interestingly e-cigarettes don’t actually emit smoke.
The safety of e-cigarettes hasn’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it is unclear how safe or effective they are for smokers. During a limited FDA study, the agency found that many processes for quality control were either non-existent or substandard. Some cartridges labeled “no nicotine” actually contained nicotine. Other issues involved variances in the amount of nicotine labeled in deliver and the amount actually delivered.
Is there a public safety issue present? Scouring the internet for answers leads that the answer lies within perception. E-cigarettes would give of the mixed perception that it is okay to smoke openly instead of that it should only be done in the home in the opinion of the city council president. The council didn’t want to cloud perception on the cigarette ban.