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You May Have to Take Your E-Cigs Outside

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
WGRZ.com, Albany... Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products will likely be banned from bars, restaurants and indoor workplaces after the state Senate approved the measure late Monday.

The Republican-led Senate voted unanimously to add vapor products to the Clean Indoor Air Act, the state law that banned smoking in most public, indoor spaces in 2003.

The Assembly, which approved a similar bill earlier this year, is expected to pass the measure before the scheduled end of the state's legislative session Wednesday.

It's likely to become law: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously pledged support.

Advocates for including e-cigarettes in the ban were dismayed in early April when the measure fell out of the state's $153 billion budget, days before lawmakers approved the spending plan.

But the Senate's approval Monday cleared the final obstacle for the bill, which would take effect 30 days after Cuomo signs it. The Assembly had passed a similar bill earlier in the year before voting again Tuesday.

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