The governor estimated raising the tax for electronic cigarettes to $2.70 like a that on a pack of conventional cigarettes could mean an additional $35 million in annual state revenue.
Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban e-cigarette marketing campaigns targeted at children.
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill banning e-cigarette use indoors as one of the last pieces of legislation he approved, an opponent protested Bloomberg’s policies by lighting up a real cigarette right inside City Hall.
The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited.
The City Council will consider a proposal to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and parks.
The bill’s sponsors say allowing e-cigarettes in places where tobacco cigarettes are banned threatens “effective enforcement” of the smoking ban and sends the wrong message to children that smoking is safe.
The final word on the level of toxicity and vapors from e-cigarettes has not yet been officially determined.
Smoking is not allowed on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains, and officials have decided electronic cigarettes are included in that ban.
New laws signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 years old. That provision goes into effect on January 1.
New York’s Legislature has voted to ban selling electronic cigarettes to minors.
E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge creating vapor that a smoker inhales.
The plastic devices called “e-cigarettes” carry no warning labels and are heavily advertised on the Internet.
As more cities ban smoking, diehards are looking for a new way to feed their nicotine habit – and they may have found it.