The NYS assembly voted to ban electronic cigarettes. The vote was 125-0 in favor of the ban. The bill will now be voted on by the health committee and then moved up to the senate, then to the governor’s desk(call him). Electronic cigarette users are highly concerned with the New York State assembly’s motives on why they are banning this safer, more innovative alternative to traditional smoking. Especially considering that many users sent in emails and called into the assembly in opposition of the bill. There is also ability to view the open legislation online on a .gov legislation website.
There was many comments left by e-cigarette users who were not in favor of the bill. After watching a live video of the vote. It seemed that there was no opposition to the bill, and not one assembly men or women voiced the concerns of the people they are supposed to be representing. The comments of many citizens were ignored by the assembly and the bill was passed anyway. I even personally wrote my representatives with my concerns and I did not see any of these topics I was concerned with, discussed by my representative at all. Something seems to have kept everyone silent and unanimous in this matter.
The people are saying that Linda Rosenthal, who is the sponsor of this bill, is highly misinformed regarding this industry and her motives are questioned by citizens and voters throughout the state. It does not look like she will be a very popular candidate for the smoking community in the upcoming election, along with Matthew Titone who threw his “Protect the Children” spin into the debate as he claimed his 11 year old daughter has the ability to buy electronic cigarettes in malls, which is very improbable, and his claim is also lacking proof of any sort.