ALBANY – People craving a nicotine fix via vaping soon may be scrambling to find places to light up in New York. Some key lawmakers and health care organizations, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are launching an all-out push to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all public places where tobacco cigarettes also are prohibited.
That means bars and restaurants, education settings, hospitals, buses, indoor arenas, bingo halls, zoos and job sites. Health groups are on the offensive in a policy fight attracting interest from electronic cigarette makers in China, England, and the United States.
They fear limiting places where people "vape" will force down sales in a major state.
The effort comes shortly after President Trump fired the nation’s anti-vaping U.S. surgeon general and delayed new federal rules to regulate the electronic cigarette trade.
In Albany, neither side in the debate is declaring victory.
“The so-called public health groups are lobbying up a storm,’’ said Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, which represents retailers who sell vapor products, including e-cigarettes.