New York State Lawmakers Start Debate Over E-Cigarettes

New York state laws are so far behind the ‘vapor’ industry that lawmakers don’t actually know what to call electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Clearly identifying what to regulate is among many new proposals moving through the New York state Senate, where lawmakers are joining the national effort to catch up with and regulate e-cigarette makers and sellers.

A list of new laws seeking to rein in e-cigarettes will be debated this week. The talks begin during the Health Committee meeting scheduled for noon today at the Capitol Building in Albany.

Among the proposals is a law that would better define an e-cigarette, a term generally used to describe several devices that produce a “vapor” from a mix of liquids.

Other laws being considered this week include one banning e-cigarettes from public places, under a move that already proved effective in curbing use of traditional cigarettes. A public hearing on the potential ban is set for Monday, May 12 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lawmakers also are proposing a registry for e-cigarette vendors. They also seek to prohibit the sale of liquid nicotine to minors, another loophole in existing laws tied to the “vapor” industry.

The federal Food and Drug Administration also recently announced its plan to regulate e-cigarettes, adding them and other tobacco products such as flavored waterpipe tobacco to its regulatory list.

After the e-cigarette industry boomed for nearly two years without government oversight, the FDA plans to study and regulate the ingredients involved in “vaping,” which has been advertised as a healthier alternative to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Enditem