New York City under the matronly eye of Mayor Bloomberg has been in the process of keeping Gothamites from the lurking dangers of horrors like Big Gulps. Cigarettes is the latest target of the Bloomberg administration. The City has gotten much ink over its proposal to raise the smoking age to 21 and other measures to limit cigarette sales. e-Cigarettes have off and on showed up in that legislation. Recent news stories even indicated that e-cigarettes went away along with the very strict display bans. Not so much it turns out. The health committee (the same one that promised this wouldn't include e-cigarettes) voted unanimously on two measures that would include e-cigarettes in the law and ban e-cigarette flavors.
NYC Council Measure Raising Cigarette Purchase Price To 21 Now Includes E-Cigs
Raising the age to 21 will reduce electronic cigarette use among young people, according to the new version of the bill, unveiled Tuesday at the Council's Health Committee hearing.
The number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes — which come in flavors such as bubble gum and watermelon — has risen from 4.7% in 2011 to 10% in 2012, according to a Centers for Disease Control report cited in the bill.
E-cigarette advocates flocked to protest the change — including some who puffed smokeless butts while the meeting was in session.
“I used to smoke almost a pack a day. They helped me quit,” said Ilona Orshansky, 29, who owns the Vapor Lounge New York in Williamsburg, which sells e-cigarette products. “I don't have to smoke those nasty analog cigs anymore.”
The quoted article is a bit on the prohibitionist side, but it's the first one to hit the Google, so that's the quote you get. For their part, vapers were indeed very vocal. Russ from Click Bang! Radio was present and provides a little more detail over on Reddit. As of right now, this mess isn't law yet, it still has to pass the full council. You can be sure there will be a lot of activism on this one. There's also a good chance the Bloomberg media empire will run more slur campaigns too.