Carolyn FortinoNov 22, 2017, 7:08 pm

State law banning e-cigarettes in public places goes into effect

Though Westchester police have been enforcing this ban for years

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PORT CHESTER -- A state-wide ban on electronic cigarettes has gone into effect and now vaping in the workplace, restaurants, bars and malls is against the law.

E-cigarettes have been added to the Clean Indoor Air Act and the same restrictions imposed on traditional nicotine cigarettes now apply to vaping devices as well.

Melaina is a smoker, but she says she supports the ban.

"I generally think that you shouldn't be smoking inside or around other people no matter what. So I think it’s a good idea that they are banned. It’s your decision to smoke, not someone else's," Melaina Diguilmi of White Plains said.

While the product is marketed as a healthier alternative to nicotine cigarettes, state officials believe they also carry long-term risks to the health of users and those around them.

Police in Westchester County say they've been enforcing a ban on e-cigarettes for years.

"We have in the past when we do our alcoholic beverage control and compliance checks encountered that. So it really doesn't change the way we're going to be doing business here, because we've had it as a county law,” Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said.

Still there are some who feel the devices are less harmful than smoking.

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