Posted at: 02/06/2014 2:48 PM
Updated at: 02/06/2014 7:04 PM
By: Ben Gorenstein
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announces at a press conference on Thursday morning, announcing the ban.
Photo: Lou Swierzowski / WNYT
Some have called E-cigarettes an alternative to regular smoking. On Thursday, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy issued a ban on the devices in buildings owned and run by the county.
Currently, regular tobacco laws and age restrictions do not apply to E-cigarettes. However, some say that the health risks are just as great. Others say youth could use them to develop an early addiction to nicotine.
Supporters of E-cigarettes argue they are more socially acceptable because they provide a vapor instead of smoke, or could be used as a way to help people quit smoking.
McCoy says the FDA has not approved E-cigarettes for that use.
To read the proclamation banning e-cigarettes, please click here.