L.I. City Looks To Add E-Cigarettes To Anti-Smoking Laws Already On The Books

GLEN COVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There’s a push in one Long Island city to add e-cigarettes to anti-smoking regulations.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello wants his city to add e-cigarettes to its smoking prohibition ordinances already on the books.

“There’s been lots of reports, negative reports about abuse of e-cigarettes and some of the little cartridges, flavorings and there’s some carcinogens in them,” said Spinello. “We’d like to keep as much of smoke-free environment as we can and e-cigarettes, we believe, are a part of the smoking problem.”

The mayor’s comments come on the heels of a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that poisonings from liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes have increased dramatically over recent months.

“This is certainly a health issue,” said Spinello. “It’s a problem that continues to grow and we’re gonna be at the forefront of this.”

Electronic cigarettes use liquid nicotine, which is heating and turned into a vapor.

Advocates have said e-cigs are safer than traditional cigarettes, but others have said there needs to be more research into possible health effects from e-cigarettes.

New York City lawmakers have voted to include e-cigarettes in the city’s anti-smoking measures. But that’s being challenged by smoking advocates.

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