ALBANY — New York is considering what could be the first ban in the nation on electronic cigarettes.
The plastic devices called “e-cigarettes” carry no warning labels and are heavily advertised on the Internet.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan says e-cigarettes need to be studied before sales — including to children — are allowed to continue.
Her concerns are the nicotine in the plastic devices and that most are made in China and other countries where the safety of products isn’t well regulated.
Manufacturers say the devices are safe and emit only vapor. They say the products can help people quit smoking.
Public health organizations say e-cigarettes should be regulated like nicotine gum or patches and warn they contain dangerous chemicals.