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Poloncarz signs law regulating e-cigarettes

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz Friday signed a local law that imposes the same restrictions on e-cigarettes that are already in place for tobacco cigarettes under the county’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

The law, which was adopted last month in a 9-1 vote by the Legislature, bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices at all public indoor facilities, except in establishments where the devices and their accoutrements are either being sold to or sampled by prospective users.

“I am supporting this proposed law in order to protect public health and better ensure that residents who do not use e-cigarettes do not have to breathe the secondhand vapors from those who do,” Poloncarz said.

He added that the new law does not restrict an individual’s ability to purchase or use electronic cigarettes, or sample them in establishments that sell these devices.

During the signing, Poloncarz was joined by Dr. Gale Burstein, the county’s health commissioner, as well representatives from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Erie-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition and several other organizations that supported the adoption of the legislation.