New York State Bans E-Cigarettes in Indoor Smoking Areas

New York State Bans E-Cigarettes in Indoor Smoking Areas
Starting in 2023, Staten Island, New York plans to ban e-cigarette use in all indoor no-smoking areas to combat addiction.

Officials in Staten Island, New York, have announced that starting in 2023, users of e-cigarettes will be encouraged to quit and using e-cigarettes will be prohibited indoors in any location where smoking is already banned.

The New York State Department of Health has revealed that while the usage of traditional tobacco has been decreasing for decades, the usage of e-cigarettes remains stubbornly high, especially among young people aged 18 to 24.

Senior US health officials state that users of electronic cigarettes and those exposed to secondhand electronic cigarette smoke may experience long-term health issues.

I encourage New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes to make a resolution to quit these devices and others containing highly addictive nicotine in the new year, to prevent long-term harm to their health," said Dr. Mary Bassett, National Health Commissioner, in a press release.

Recent studies have shown that by 2022, one in every ten middle school students will have used tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Illegal flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products have been a target of local law enforcement in Staten Island, New York, and their use is rapidly increasing.

According to data from the state health department, over 4% of New Yorkers use e-cigarettes statewide, with young people having twice this percentage.

Tobacco use continues to pose health problems for New Yorkers. Over 22,000 people die annually from smoking-related illnesses, and disparities and inequalities persist in smoking and addiction rates in disadvantaged communities.

Electronic cigarettes are prohibited in all indoor areas where smoking is prohibited.

E-cigarette products may contain hazardous chemicals, including ultrafine particles that can harm the lungs and flavorings linked to serious lung diseases.

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