As I write this the New York City Council is preparing to vote on a city-wide public vaping ban which will class e-cigarettes right along things that actually produce smoke. The preliminary hearing was quite lively. But it turns out, the ill-informed ban might have another problem. Enforcing it.
The bill is one of 25 that the City Council is scheduled to vote on today, and would tack on e-cigarettes to the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002. Should it be passed, it will go into effect four months after the mayor signs it into law, with signage requirements kicking in after six months. Notably, Commissioner Farley admitted during the hearing that enforcement would be mostly up to the establishment's owners.
We'll find out soon whether the city will put one more notch in the belt of individual freedom restrictions.