ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced a ban on e-cigarettes on county property Thursday.
McCoy said the order was necessary because of the growing
popularity of e-cigarettes, which are electronic devices that provide a vapor
of nicotine and other substances which the user inhales to simulate smoking.
He said companies selling the product have offered
e-cigarettes as a more socially acceptable way to use tobacco, but they are not
currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Because they do not contain tobacco, e-cigarettes are not
subject to tobacco laws and can be purchased without proof of age.
“We are responsible to the people of the county and to
protect their safety and welfare,” said McCoy. “Albany County is taking the
initiative now to ban e-cigarettes because it is the right thing to do. We are
taking the lead on this to protect county employees and the public. We have to
protect kids from e-cigarettes and this is just the beginning.”