New York State: Vaping in Public Banned

On Oct. 23, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are already prohibited, like workplaces, restaurants and bars. The ban goes into effect in 30 days.

When it takes effect next month, New York’s new law will cover vaping under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act. The blanket restriction will not apply to people who want to use e-cigarettes in private homes, in hotel rooms, or at retail tobacco outlets.

In New York, around 70 percent of the state’s municipalities already have bans in effect, according to the American Lung Association. New York City’s ban has been in place since 2013, when then-Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg included it in the city’s Smoke Free Air Act.

New York becomes the 11th state to enact a statewide ban on public vaping. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Vermont all have similar laws. Several others have partial bans on vaping in areas like public education facilities and state and local government buildings. And many major cities, including Boston, New Orleans and Chicago have complete bans on the books as well.