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A new rule banning e-cigarette and vaporizer use from all public indoor spaces in New York could have an unforeseen impact on a number of undercover cannabis users at bars, restaurants, and concert venues across the Empire State.
According to the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation early this week to add vaping to the state’s 2003 Clean Indoor Air Act, expelling the battery-operated smoking substitutes from the same restaurants, bars, workplaces, and other public indoor spaces where traditional cigarettes are banned.
With cigarette use long taboo in the Big Apple, barred from not only indoor venues but also public parks and storefront stoops, e-cigs and bulky vaporizers have become ubiquitous across the city, with fruit and hookah-flavored vapor clouds hovering above all five boroughs, much to the chagrin of anti-smoking advocates in New York’s legislature.
“These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the reality is they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them,” said Gov. Cuomo in a statement. “This measure closes another dangerous loophole in the…