New York Considers ECigarette Ban

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:29pm

Move comes after tests found toxic chemicals in unregulated devices.

A random sampling of electronic cigarettes has found traces of antifreeze, toxic chemicals and known carcinogens.

That is information that doesn't bother John Ceccherelli, who drove three hours to try to tell New York State lawmakers that banning e-cigarettes was a bad idea.

"I am an e-cigarette user," Ceccherelli told reporters covering an Assembly Health Committee meeting. "I'm completely tobacco-free. It's been a godsend. It's been a miracle for me and she (Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal) is going to kill people with this legislation. It's a death sentence for a lot of us."

Nicotine and flavoring is vaporized by a battery in the electronic cigarette.

No tobacco is burned.

For that reason right now there is no control except cost on buying the device.

Anyone, including kids, can puff away.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a reformed 20-year smoker, is sponsoring the ban.

"I know that you do not need another crutch that supplies nicotine to get you addicted to that in order to quit cigarettes. I used the patch. I used some goal-setting," she said.

Long Island's Andrew argued against the ban.

"To take something out of somebody's hands that in many instances is helping them break a very addictive habit, I think is just wrong," said Raia.

Rosenthal countered, "If people want the easy way to just get addicted to another nicotine delivery system, I hope soon they'll have to look elsewhere."

The Assembly Health Committee approved the measure.

It now passes to the Codes Committee.

Rosenthal expects approval in the full Assembly sometime this session.

The bill passed the Assembly last year but was not voted upon in the state Senate.
 

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