E-Cig Legislative Battles Continue
In a group of three measures submitted to New York’s City Council by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, mainly aimed at further restricting the sale of analog cigarettes, electronic cigarettes would be classified by the city as “tobacco products’ – even though, of course, they contain no tobacco. If passed, that would subject e-cig users to the same drastic regulations on where and when they could vape that face smokers using traditional cigarettes.
On the other side of the ledger, a vote that was planned for earlier this week to treat e cigarettes as tobacco products in the state of California was cancelled. That followed intense lobbying and discussions between lawmakers and the electronic cigarette industry. It now appears the bill, one of the strongest proposals to regulate vaping in the same way as smoking, is dead at least until next year.
Meanwhile, Illinois’ governor has signed into law a measure that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18. IDs must be shown before ecigs can be purchased at retail stores, by anyone who appears to be under the age of 27, before they can buy any “alternative nicotine products.”