A07493 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
Amd §1399-cc, Pub Health L; add §398-f, Gen Bus L
Requires electronic cigarette packaging to include a warning that the product may pose an explosion hazard.
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A07493 Actions:

04/27/2017referred to health
01/03/2018referred to health
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A07493 Committee Votes:

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A07493 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07493 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the general business law, in relation to the labeling of electronic cigarette packaging   PURPOSE: To increase public safety with regard to the use of electronic ciga- rettes and to warn individuals who may use electronic cigarettes of their potential to explode or catch fire.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends section 1399-cc of the Public Health Law requiring all places of business wherein tobacco products, herbal ciga- rettes, liquid nicotine, sisha or electronic cigarettes are sold or offered for sale to comply with the provisions of section 398-f of the General Business Law. Section two amends the General Business Law to add a new section 398-f requiring all electronic cigarette packages contain a warning label. Section three provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: As the number of individuals, including teens, using e-cigarettes continues to climb, more and more reports of the products exploding has resulted in additional concerns arising over the safety of these products when used by consumers. According to the FDA, from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16 percent among high school students and has increased among the general population as well. Given the lack of regulations relating to e-cigarettes, their chemical composition continues to raise safety concerns and the use of nicotine, especially among teens, often leads to e-cigarettes use as a gateway or supplement to traditional cigarettes. Adding to these safety concerns, multiple individuals have been seriously injured as a result of using e-cigarettes when they suddenly blow up. An Idaho man was seriously injured after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth, scorching his skin and knocking out seven of his teeth. The man said he was vaping before going to work when the device suddenly blew up. The father of three was rushed to intensive care at his local hospi- tal, where doctors had to remove chunks of plastic from his throat and lips. Another example of the potential dangers of e-cigarettes involved a worker at a wine store in Manhattan that suffered burns to his hand and leg after an e-cigarette caught fire in his pocket. The man was taken by private ambulance to a local hospital where he was admitted to the burn unit for treatment and would require surgery. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the shape and construction of e-cigarettes can make them more likely than other products with lithi- um-ion batteries to behave like 'flaming rockets' when a battery fails. The FDA's Center for Tobacco Products identified 137 reported incidents of e-cigarette overheating, fires and explosions from 2009 to 2015 and received 20 reports of e-cigarette's overheating, catching fire or exploding in 2016. It is important to note that the adverse experience reporting that has been received by the FDA is an underestimate of actu- al events. Moreover, an American Airlines flight had to be diverted and forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger's electronic cigarette malfunctioned and caused a fire. Similarly, Delta Air Lines reported a delay in take off after an e-cigarette started a small fire on board the plane. As a result, in 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation prohibited airline passengers and crew members from carrying battery- powered portable electronic smoking devises in checked baggage, and from using or charging the devices aboard aircraft. Recently, the Navy announced that it is banning electronic cigarettes and vaporizers from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices' batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors. Eight of the incidents recorded by the Naval Safety Center occurred aboard ships or aircraft, and in one incident, an aircraft had to return to base because e-cigarette batteries were creat- ing smoke in the cargo section. Notably, in one case, a battery melted through the pocket of a sailor in a submarine and ignited after it hit the deck. In four other cases, the failures occurred when a service member was actively using one of the devices, and on two of those occa- sions, the explosion occurred in the user's mouth. Those who had devices in their mouths suffered facial, bodily and dental injuries requiring continued treatment. With the number of incidents continuing to rise, it is important to provide consumers with a warning about the potential of the products to explode or catch fire and cause grave injury to users. This legislation would require all e-cigarette packages contain a warning label that explicitly warns users of the potential for the product to explode, catch fire or overheat.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A07493 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     April 27, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ROSENTHAL  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law and the general business  law,  in
          relation to the labeling of electronic cigarette packaging
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 1399-cc of the public health  law,
     2  as  amended  by  chapter  542 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    7. No person operating a place of business wherein  tobacco  products,
     5  herbal  cigarettes, liquid nicotine, shisha or electronic cigarettes are
     6  sold or offered for sale shall sell, permit to be sold, offer  for  sale
     7  or display for sale any tobacco product, herbal cigarettes, liquid nico-
     8  tine,  shisha  or  electronic  cigarettes  in  any  manner,  unless such
     9  products and cigarettes are stored for sale (a) behind a counter  in  an
    10  area  accessible  only  to  the  personnel of such business, or (b) in a
    11  locked container; provided, however, such restriction shall not apply to
    12  tobacco businesses, as defined in subdivision eight of section  thirteen
    13  hundred ninety-nine-aa of this article, and to places to which admission
    14  is  restricted  to  persons  eighteen  years  of age or older. Provided,
    15  further, that, in the case of electronic cigarettes, the packages there-
    16  of shall comply with the provisions of  section  three  hundred  ninety-
    17  eight-f of the general business law.
    18    § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 398-f
    19  to read as follows:
    20    §  398-f.  Electronic  cigarette  package  labeling.  1. Every package
    21  containing an electronic cigarette, as defined in  subdivision  thirteen
    22  of  section  thirteen  hundred  ninety-nine-aa of the public health law,
    23  sold, offered for sale or otherwise distributed  without  charge  within
    24  this  state,  shall  have  printed thereon or attached thereto a warning

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  label.   Such label shall contain  the  following  statement:  "WARNING:
     2  Explosion Hazard: this product may overheat, catch fire or explode."
     3    2.  Any  person,  firm,  corporation  or  association who violates the
     4  provisions of this section shall be subject to a civil  penalty  of  not
     5  more than one thousand dollars for each such violation.
     6    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
     7  it shall have become a law.
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