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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

Ballpark now 100% tobacco and smoke-free

May 22, 2017
Buffalo Bisons

Going to a baseball game this season? Leave your cigarettes at home.

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Smokers who switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes may ingest the same level of nicotine, but their exposure to harmful chemicals is significantly reduced - so much so that it is like the person quit smoking. Those are the results of new research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

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Electronic cigarettes may expose users to a potentially harmful chemical. A research team led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found that benzaldehyde, a food flavoring, can irritate the respiratory tract.

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At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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The fight over banning the public use of electronic cigarettes began as a struggle to compare them to tobacco smoking. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, the more the issue drags out before the Erie County Legislature, the more the issues expand.


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An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

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"Vaping" is now banned in the same places tobacco smoking is banned in the City of Buffalo. The new law, passed by the Common Council on Tuesday, was quickly signed by Mayor Byron Brown.

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The NFTA is taking steps to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes on its buses and trains.