Regulating e-cigarettes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A smoker’s advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against New York City, seeking to overturn the city’s ban on electronic cigarettes.

The Smoke-Free air act prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned.

The lawsuit says the ban regulates both tobacco smoke exposure and e-cigarettes, which the group says violates the “one subject rule” of the city’s charter.

Ashley Brand of Springfield told 22News that the ban on e-cigarettes outside is excessive and unnecessary.

“I can see it in private businesses or government buildings, but outside I don’t see a problem with it, it’s just water vapor,” she said.

The FDA plans to regulate e-cigarettes, but hasn’t issued proposed rules yet.

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