Laws throughout cities, states, and across the country may be required to change over time to stay relevant with present-day technology. As a New Yorker, it is your responsibility to know when laws change to ensure that you do not find yourself unintentionally committing a crime. This week, New York City announced that it is cracking down on the use of electronic cigarettes in many public spaces, including in restaurants, bars, beaches, public parks, and offices. Electronic cigarettes will be banned from all of the same locations as regular cigarettes are banned. The ban is part of New York City’s Smoke Free Air Act of 2002.
Penalties for violating the Smoke Free Air Act
Establishments that choose to break the laws governing electronic cigarettes in New York City will be subject to penalties. If an establishment included in the Act allows patrons to use any sort of cigarette, they will be subject to the following penalties:
- First violation: a fine of at least $200 but not more than $400
- Second violation within 1 year of the first violation: a fine of at least $500 but not more than $1,000
- Third or subsequent violation within 1 year of the first violation: a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $2,000
- After a third violation, the establishment may have their permit revoked by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
It is important to make sure that you abide by the changes in these laws. If you have questions, contact an attorney today.
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