E-Cigs Escape Indoor Ban In New York

(Albany, NY) -- Anti-smoking activists are outraged that the recently passed New York state budget doesn't include a ban on the indoor use of electronic cigarettes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had predicted last month that lawmakers would include e-cigs in the state ban on smoking in public indoor spaces. During budget negotiation and deliberation, the move to ban indoor e-cig use was left on the cutting room floor, as was a 10-cents-per-milliliter tax on vapor products.

This after both Cuomo and Albany lawmakers publicly supported the indoor ban over the past several weeks.

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