N.Y. Senate approves e-cig ban in bars, restaurants, workplaces

ALBANY — The GOP-controlled state Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve new restrictions on the indoor use of electronic cigarettes, clearing the way for the rules to become law.

“It’s overdue,” said Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau County).

The measure, which passed 62-0 and now heads back to the Democrat-controlled Assembly, extends the provisions of New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act to include e-cigarettes, effectively banning their use in most restaurants, bars and workplaces.

Although the Assembly passed a version of the bill earlier this year, it must do so again because the Senate amended some language. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), the bill’s sponsor, said the Senate’s changes were relatively minor.

Gov. Cuomo, who proposed similar e-cigarette restrictions as part of his budget in January, is expected to sign the bill. 

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