Speaker Christine Quinn
224 West 30th Street, Suite 1206
New York, NY 10001
Re: Proposed Electronic Cigarettes Regulation
Dear Speaker Quinn:
I am submitting this letter in opposition to Int 1210-2013, a local law to amend the
administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the regulation of electronic cigarettes.
This regulation would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in any location where the use of
tobacco cigarettes are banned. I believe that this ban is premature and unreasonable. Electronic
cigarettes are completely distinct from tobacco cigarettes; therefore, they should be regulated
differently. I urge you to remove this bill from this year’s agenda and wait until the next
administration, when more information will be available.
The long-term effects of electronic cigarettes are currently unknown, so any passage of this type
of regulation would be hasty in nature. At this time, all studies are simply postulations and there
are clearly arguments for either side of this issue. Therefore, it would be incredibly premature to
treat electronic cigarettes similarly to tobacco, until more substantial information is made
available. I urge you to wait until the federal government has finally issued their own studies
and to regulate this device commensurate with harm.
I hope you will consider the seriousness of this matter and the significant amount of New
Yorkers this ban will affect in the long-run. This piece of legislation should be removed from
the agenda and put on hold for the next administration to deal with – it has been too hurriedly set
in motion with little time to actually consider the best way to regulate this device for the public
good. I urge you to remove the current version of the bill from the agenda and put in place new
legislation to regulate this device commensurate with harm, separate and distinct from tobacco.