August 19, 2009 - The Suffolk Legislature on Tuesday, August 18th banned the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public spaces, a move it claimed makes the county the first jurisdiction in the nation to forbid the product.
The 12-1 vote, with four abstentions, puts the so-called e-cigarettes on par with traditional cigarettes, barring their use in Suffolk's indoor public spaces. , but supporters say are less harmful.
The vote came after a group of a dozen members of the Long Island Vapors Club, an organization of e-cigarette enthusiasts, pleaded with legislators to spare their hobby from public restrictions. But the bill's sponsor, Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor), said the battery-operated devices are dangerous and need to be barred from the county's buildings.
Reference: Suffolk lawmakers ban the use of
electronic cigarettes indoors by REID J. EPSTEIN, NewsDay.com, 8/18/2009.