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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2595 SPONSOR: Rosenthal (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to including electronic cigarettes within provisions regulating smoking in certain public areas   PURPOSE: This bill bans the use of electronic cigarettes in certain indoor areas   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill amends section 1399-n of the Public Health Law to include in the definition of "smoking" the use of electronic ciga- rettes. This bill also adds the definition of "retail electronic ciga- rette store" to mean a retail store devoted primarily to the sale of electronic cigarettes, and in which the sale of other products is merely incidental. The sale of such other products shall be considered inci- dental if such sales generate less than twenty-five percent of the total annual gross sales. Section two of this bill amends section 1399-q of the Public Health Law to exempt retail electronic cigarette stores from the Clean Indoor Air Act. This bill also allows for a two day exemption for other establish- ments that are functioning for the primary purpose of promoting and sampling e-cigarettes. Section three of this bill amends section 13 of section 1399-aa of the Public Health Law to amend the definition of e-cigarette. Section four has this act taking effect on the thirtieth day after it becomes law.   JUSTIFICATION: This bill bans the use of electronic cigarettes under the Clean Indoor Air Act and certain outdoor areas. Electronic ciga- rettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, are electronic devices that deliver nicotine to the user. These devices do not contain tobacco or emitted smoke, rather they heat up liquid nicotine and emit water vapor. E-cigarettes are not currently regulated by the FDA and are not subject to tobacco laws since they do not contain tobacco. This lack of over- sight, is placing individuals at risk because there is little known about the chemical make-up of the liquid nicotine or the harm to indi- viduals from inhaling the water vapor directly or through secondhand exposure. In fact, testing performed by the FDA found that electronic cigarettes can be dangerous because users inhale carcinogens and toxic chemicals, such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze. It is for these reasons, the state banned the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 in 2012. This legis- lation is necessary to further protect New Yorkers from the dangers of these unregulated devices, particularly given that they have not been proven to be safe for use at any age. This legislation provides an exemption for retail e-cigarette stores and for conventions that are for the purpose of promoting and sampling e-cigarette products.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8178 of 2013-2014   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act takes effect on the thirtieth day after it becomes law.