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Letter: Support e-cigarette bills and help keep the air clean

Support e-cigarette bills and help keep the air clean

Books, school supplies, pens, notebooks and e-cigarettes. Which one of these doesn’t belong on a back-to-school shopping list? E-cigarettes.

Thankfully, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes on school grounds. Given that a staggering 20 percent of high school students in New York report using e-cigarettes, this is welcome news!

The legislation to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes on school grounds is just the first step to combat e-cigarette use. There are two other important bills related to e-cigarettes that will soon be sent to the governor’s desk. The first will close a loophole to ensure e-cigarettes can’t be used anywhere smoking is prohibited.

New York State has a very strong Clean Indoor Air Law that protects the health of all New York State residents, visitors and those who are employed in our state. Adding e-cigarettes to that law is a common-sense approach that will update the law and assure that New Yorkers will not have to inhale the secondhand aerosol.

Given we don’t know all locations where e-cigarettes are sold, the second bill will simply require that retailers selling these products register with the state.

I encourage everyone to contact the governor and urge him to sign both bills to help address the growing problems of e-cigarettes.

Amanda R. Jordan-Pugh

Volunteer

American Cancer Society

Cancer Action Network

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