Statement from Joe Wicks, Coordinator Community Engagement, Tobacco Free Network of CNY:
We applaud Governor Cuomo for further prioritizing public health with his plan to tax and regulate vapor products used in electronic cigarettes, as well as include these products in the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.
This will make New York one of just a dozen states and territories that restrict vapor products used in e-cigarettes in smoke-free venues, protecting the public from nicotine exposure and the cancer-causing agents in e-cigarette emissions.
The Governor’s proposal aligns with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendations in his recent report, “E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”
E-cigarette use more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 among young adults 18-24 years of age nationwide.
And, in 2014, more than half of young adult smokers in New York State used electronic cigarettes.
FY 2018 New York State Executive Budget Revenue Article VII Legislation Memorandum in Support, p. 33-35. Accessed 1/18/17 https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/executive/eBudget1718/fy18artVIIbills/REVENUE_ArticleVII_MS.pdf
Press Release 12/8/16: Surgeon General Reports Youth and Young Adult Use Poses a Public Health Threat. Accessed 1/18/17 https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/12/08/surgeon-general-reports-youth-and-young-adult-e-cigarette-use-poses-public-health-threat.html
Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking, Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Dual Use by Youth, Young Adults and Adults in NYS, 2014.