New York, New York – The New York State legislature approved new electronic cigarette regulations on Monday that will allow users to vape and consume their e-cigarette devices at work, in public places and at bars and restaurants.
The legislation was passed on a party-line vote with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans voting against.
The bill would also allow e-cigarettes to be sold to anyone who is 21 years of age or older.
It was sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who also introduced the bill last year.
The new regulations do not apply to retailers or manufacturers of e-cig devices.
Electronic cigarettes are widely viewed as an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, which they are largely similar to.
They are not marketed as an anti-smoking device but instead have become popular among young adults to help them quit smoking.