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E-cigarettes banned in Albany County owned, run buildings

Updated: 02/06/2014 7:04 PM
Created: 02/06/2014 2:48 PM WNYT.com
By: Ben Gorenstein

Some have called E-cigarettes an alternative to regular smoking. On Thursday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy issued a ban on the devices in buildings owned and run by the county.

Currently, regular tobacco laws and age restrictions do not apply to E-cigarettes. However, some say that the health risks are just as great. Others say youth could use them to develop an early addiction to nicotine.

Supporters of E-cigarettes argue they are more socially acceptable because they provide a vapor instead of smoke, or could be used as a way to help people quit smoking.

McCoy says the FDA has not approved E-cigarettes for that use.

The announcement comes one day after drugstore chain CVS announced they will stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores.

To read the proclamation banning e-cigarettes, please click here.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announces at a press conference on Thursday morning, announcing the ban.
Photo: Lou Swierzowski / WNYT

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