The ban goes into effect in 30 days, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Indoor Air Act on Monday.
"This measure closes another risky loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all", Cuomo said. Seventy percent of municipalities in NY have already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.
"This new law not only protects public health by restricting the use of e-cigarettes and the public's exposure to smoke-cigarette emissions", said Jeff Seyler, the executive vice president of American Lung Association's Northeast region, but also children, for whom the products are "just another tool reeling them into a unsafe and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine".More news: No deal yet for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees
The governor's office cited the lack of regulations on what chemicals e-cigarettes contain, and how much nicotine they have, NPR reports.
One of the big concerns is the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. Many aged population of the USA accepted the fact that they did not know if second hand e cigarette aerosol constitutes a risk to children.
Defenders of e-cigarettes have argued that switching from regular cigarettes to electronic has helped people quit smoking altogether, though the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for smoking cessation in adults.
About 70% of the state's cities already ban e-cigarettes, so the statewide policy captures the rest, according to the American Lung Association.More news: Rahul Gandhi popularity on Twitter faked? Here's the Russian bot angle
A 2016 study by the New York State Department of Health found that 20 percent of children had tried e-cigs, double the number from two years prior. E-cigarettes often contain toxic chemicals in addition to nicotine, something bystanders should not be forced to breathe.
NY now joins California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Utah on the ban.
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