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Albany Co. executive bans e-cigs on county property

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced a ban on e-cigarettes on county property Thursday.

McCoy said the order was necessary because of the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, which are electronic devices that provide a vapor of nicotine and other substances which the user inhales to simulate smoking.

He said companies selling the product have offered e-cigarettes as a more socially acceptable way to use tobacco, but they are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  

Because they do not contain tobacco, e-cigarettes are not subject to tobacco laws and can be purchased without proof of age.

"We are responsible to the people of the county and to protect their safety and welfare," said McCoy. "Albany County is taking the initiative now to ban e-cigarettes because it is the right thing to do. We are taking the lead on this to protect county employees and the public. We have to protect kids from e-cigarettes and this is just the beginning."

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