Last night hearing on electronic cigarette ban in the Big Apple created some concerns as there have been calls to revoke the ban altogether.
Austin, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2013 -- The city of New York yesterday held a hearing on electronic cigarette products about the proposed ban on these smoking devices as the city seeks to incorporate them into the city wide tobacco ban. Yet there are those in the Big Apple that state the e cigarettes has helped them reduce their dependence on tobacco had asked the city fathers at last night’s hearing not to prohibit their use from restaurants, workplaces and other indoor spaces. They were basing their arguments on the lack of proof that the smokeless cigarettes do pose a health concern that is serious enough to justify the restrictions that they are being imposed with.
The City Public health officials had asked the City Council to create legislation that would add all types of electronic cigarette products to the already existing 12-year tobacco ban law that has been responsible for driving out smokers from public areas. It resulted in less people smoking indoors but this has been changed as the e cig is becoming more and more popular and some public areas are allowing them to be used indoors like specific restaurants. Yet those that are for the ban believe that electric cigarette products are seen as threatening to reverse the aim of the age old tobacco ban which was to make it socially unacceptable to smoke indoors.
Dr. Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner stated that the electronic cigarette makes the enforcement of the tobacco ban much harder, since both products look so much alike. He stated that "waiting to act could jeopardize the progress we've made in the last 12 years." Yet those like 18-year-old Andrew Martin who had been smoking since 16 believe that the vapor cigarettes “have been instrumental, for me, to remain smoke free." He does not believe in the public health experts who are currently been warning the smokeless cigarettes, which on the most part look just like real cigarettes, might be hazardous.
Last night’s hearing had advocacy groups that argued both for and against the proposed electronic cigarette ban, and also the so called vapers. During the hearing some smoked on their e cig products as they made testaments about how much healthier they now feel since trading in tobacco for the smoking devices.
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