In an effort to crack down on the so called vaping craze, the legislature is expected to follow in the Big Apple s footsteps and ban e cigarettes in public places, backers of the bill said Monday.

We want the same restrictions for e cigarettes as regular cigarettes, said Sen. Kemp Hannon, who represents Nassau County and is chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

Joining in Hannon s fight to curb e cigarette use is Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D Manhattan), who said she personally felt nauseous when someone smoked an e cigarette in her presence.

Smokers rights end when they start affecting nonsmokers, she said.

E cigarettes which heat up liquefied nicotine to expel a vapor, as opposed to the carcinogenic cloud from a normal cigarette have become popular since the state passed a ban on regular cigarette use in public places.

Supporters of the ban said the state should step in because the devices have not been regulated by the Federal Drug Administration.

This lack of oversight is placing individuals at risk, Hannon and Rosenthal said in their bill memo.

The FDA announced last week that it will start regulating vapor smokes.

New York City did it, Rosenthal said. The rest of New York state needs the same protection.

The measure has the backing of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the American Lung Association, among other medical groups.

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We have come too far, and battled far too long with the tobacco industry, to make the mistake of trusting the e cigarette manufacturers to do what is right for America’s children. While we wait for the scientific data to prove the harms of vaping, let’s protect our middle and high schoolers from a lifelong addiction and a high risk of cancer.

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