(NYTIMES) — The City Council is seeking to add electronic cigarettes to New York’s ban on smoking in public places.
The city has long prohibited smoking in workplaces, and since 2002 under the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has extended the ban to bars and restaurants, parks, beaches and plazas. Now, a councilman and the city’s health commissioner say that more and more people are using electronic cigarettes — battery-powered, smokeless nicotine-delivery systems — in public places, and that this poses a threat to public health and may encourage a new generation to smoke.
The councilman James Gennaro, one of the lead sponsors of the proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public places, and the commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said that a loophole in current law allowing for electronic cigarettes was sowing confusion.
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