As of Wednesday, it’s now illegal in New York, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new bills into law designed “to protect New York’s children and teenagers from the harmful effects of cigarettes.”
The first law, effective immediately, prohibits smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits and outdoor areas of any public or private schools, expanding an existing ban on smoking on school grounds. Residences or residential property within the 100 foot perimeter would be excluded from the new law’s smoking ban.
The second law prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals under 18, effective Jan 1. This law addresses the use of e-cigarettes or battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine solution instead of tobacco smoke. Law-makers say e-cigarettes could serve as a pathway to nicotine addiction for children, leading them to smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.