Call to Action! New York City E-Cigarette Usage Ban --

(UPDATED!) NYC CTA Indoor Use Ban Hearing 12-18-13


Call to Action! New York City E-Cigarette Usage Ban --

Proposed Int. 1210-A  Law 7248 

(Health Committee Vote Wednesday, 12/18/13

with a Vote by City Council Expected as Early as 12/19/13)


If enacted, these ordinances would:
  • Include e-cigarettes in New York City's "Smoke-Free Air Act”
  • Ban e-cigarette use in all locations where smoking is prohibited in New York City, including bars, restaurants, private workplaces, outdoor dining areas and parks.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Councilman James F. Gennaro are both just a few weeks away from the end of their terms as NYC officials.  Bloomberg and company, having failed in their push to enact a de facto ban on flavored e-cigarette sales in the city, have decided to again bully ex-smokers in NYC by attempting to push through an ordinance that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all indoor and outdoor areas of the city where smoking is banned.

On Wednesday, December 4th, the New York City Council held a hearing on these ordinances, with approximately 50 harm reduction advocates attending and many speaking in opposition to the plan.  Following the hearing, two positive articles on e-cigarettes were published in the New York Times (“Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes,” “The Case for Tolerating E-Cigarettes”).  Additionally, on Monday, December 9th, a committee in the Chicago City Council declined to railroad through a ban similar to one proposed by the Bloomberg administration ("Surprise Opposition Derails Emauel's E-Cigarette Ban"). 

The NYC ordinance was originally set to be voted on by the Health Committee on Wednesday, December 11th.  However, we’ve learned that the vote has been delayed, perhaps until Wednesday, December 18th at 12:00 p.m.  (16th Floor Hearing Room at 250 Broadway).  The goal is to then have the full Council immediately vote on it on Thursday, December 19th at their meeting at 1:30 PM at City Hall (260 Broadway). 

Important Note for New York City Residents: Vapers and advocates cannot wait until the Health Committee acts on this ordinance to decide whether to contact other members of the NYC Council. It is imperative that NYC residents who respond to this Call to Action not just contact the full Council, but also the Council member who represents each individual person's district.  Click here to find out who represents you on the New York City Council.  We highly recommend calling their legislative office and respectfully making clear that you are in the legislator’s district and have a strong opinion about the e-cigarette ordinance. You can even ask for a meeting or return phone call. 
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