New York City, and 70 percent of New York's municipalities, had already banned vaping in public indoor places prior to Monday's bill signing, USA Today reported.
Proponents of e-cigarettes say it's safer than smoking traditional cigarettes or using other tobacco products.
Many counties in NY have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places but the bill (S.2543A/ A.516A), signed into law yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, makes the ban uniform. "This measure closes another unsafe loophole in the law, creating a stronger, healthier NY for all".
The bill is the latest passed by the State Legislature to combat the rise in e-cigarette and vaping by youths and in public places including bars, said Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).
Studies into the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes - which usually contain nicotine - are limited but of the studies that have been completed, there have been mixed results. These factors could lead to long-term adverse health effects for e-cigarette users and bystanders. As of this week, vaping wherever standard smoking is prohibited will also be banned in NY state.
In July, Cuomo signed legislation that immediately banned the use of e-cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in ny state. This measure makes the law consistent across the state. According to the American Lung Association, almost three-quarters of New York's municipalities already have bans in effect.
The bill adding e-cigarettes to the state Clean Indoor Air Act was sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and state Sen. Kiklas is the co-owner of an e-cigarette brand and the co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.