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New York Restricts Vaping in Places of Employment

New Law Includes Poster Requirement

A new law in New York includes vaping in existing legal provisions restricting smoking in certain places of employment. Effective November 22, 2017, employers are generally required to prohibit vaping (i.e., the use of an electronic cigarette) in virtually all indoor places of employment, including restaurants and bars. However, vaping generally may be permitted in specified areas and businesses, including certain outdoor dining areas.

Poster Requirement
Under the new law, "No Smoking" signs, "No Vaping" signs, or a sign with the international "no smoking" symbol on it must be prominently posted and properly maintained where smoking and vaping are prohibited. Furthermore, an outdoor dining area where smoking and vaping are permitted must be clearly designated with written signage as a smoking and vaping area. Posters are available by clicking here.

For more information, please read the text of the new law.

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