On September 5, New York Governor Cuomo signed two bills in effect, which aim to protect children and teens from the harmful effects of cigarettes. The new laws include actions such as prohibiting smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of schools. The smoking of cigarettes, as well as the exposure to secondhand smoke, is particularly dangerous for children. The new laws act in such a way that will allow the states protections strengthen in helping young people avoid nicotine addiction and cigarette smoking.
Cigarettes deliver toxins and other carcinogens to the body, which then lead to such diseases as lung cancer and emphysema. The other new law added prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to individuals who are less than 18 years of age. The devices are battery-powered devices that allow the inhalation of a vaporized liquid nicotine solution instead of tobacco smoke. Though the release of secondhand smoke is not present in an e-cigarette, the toxins of the nicotine still pose a threat, leading to possible addiction. Electronic cigarettes are on their way to becoming regulated the same way other tobacco products are.
Source: CBS News