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Democrats Lose Big on Vaping Ban That Would Have "Decimated the Entire Industry"
Democrats pushing for new taxes and restrictions on electronic cigarettes
suffered a major defeat in New York over the weekend after lawmakers stripped new vaping rules from the state budget at the last minute.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed an expansion of the state ban on vaping in certain areas to include restaurants, offices and any other public, indoor space. The ban gained bipartisan traction in both bodies of the state legislature in March, who also agreed to back a 10-cents-per-milliliter tax on liquid nicotine as part of the state’s $163 billion budget. The budget passed Sunday, but to the shock of those on both sides of the debate, all the vaping provisions were stripped from the bill, reports LOHUD.
It is unclear what prompted lawmakers to ditch the massive vaping provisions. Critics of the ban and tax previously argued the new rules would financially wipe out the entire e-cigarette industry in the state.
“We’re very pleased,” Andrew Osborne, vice president of the New York Vapor Association, told LOHUD. “We’re happy to see New York take a step back from these aggressive regulations that would have essentially decimated the entire industry in the Empire State.”