cessation vaping electronic cigaretteStaten Island, NY: Executives at Puf Cigs are supporting the efforts of a local advocacy group who have filed a law suit against New York City to overturn a ban on electronic cigarettes.

The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment announced today that they will be taking the city to court in an effort to overturn The Smoke-Free Air Act which was signed into law in December. The law bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever tobacco cigarettes are banned.

Said Michael Catoggio, President of Puf cigs, a Staten Island based e-cig company, “The ban against electronic cigarettes in public spaces makes absolutely no sense at all. The smoke from electronic cigarettes is vapor. There is no odor, no soot and no burn. Unlike smoke from tobacco products, the vapor from an e-cigarette is emitted in low quantities, which does not violate the air quality of others. While I understand and support the city’s position on banning the use of tobacco products in public spaces due to the possible harmful effects of second hand smoke, I believe they are just plain wrong for banning the use of e-cigarettes.

“Many of our customers use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking, which is what we believed was the purpose of the Smoke-Free Air Act and the Bloomberg campaign against second hand smoke. Although there is great debate about electronic cigarettes, Web MD and the Medical Journal Lancet agree that e-cigarettes are an effective tool in helping smokers quit.” http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2813%2961842-5/abstract

The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment says regulating both tobacco smoke exposure and e-cigarettes violates the “One Subject Rule” of the city’s charter. Read more about the law suit here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/usa-new-york-ecigarettes-idUSL1N0MM1DZ20140325

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