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Cancer Action Network Pushes Astorino OK Of Westchester's E-Cigarette Ban

The use of e-cigarettes has soared in recent years, especially high school teens.
The use of e-cigarettes has soared in recent years, especially high school teens. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A nonprofit, advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society is praising a measure that, if signed into law in Westchester County, will curb the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Michael Davoli, of the Cancer Action Network, said the move by the Westchester County Board of Legislators will protect residents from second-hand exposure to nicotine and “other potentially harmful chemicals.”

It will also strengthen enforcement of existing smoke-free laws, Davoli said, urging County Executive Robert Astorino to sign the legislation into law.

Sales of e-cigarettes have soared, Davoli said, adding that usage among high school students tripled nationally from 2011-13. The public health law is currently in effect in New York City along with Suffolk, Cattaraugus, Erie and Tompkins counties, he said.

For more information, visit www.acscan.org .

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