*Smokers-rights group loses lawsuit over e-cigarette ban
A Manhattan judge extinguished a bid brought by a smokers-rights group to overturn the city’s ban on electronic cigarettes in public places. New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, or NYC CLASH, sued the city last year claiming the ban was unconstitutional. But the group tried to catch City Council members up on a technicality to make their case, arguing that because the law addressed both traditional and e-cigarettes, it violated a ‘single subject rule’. Read full article
**New push against e-cigarettes in NY
There is a new push to ban e-cigarettes near all public buildings in New York State. State lawmakers proposed the Clean Air Act this week, which would prohibit people from smoking electronic cigarettes outside bars, restaurants, offices and other public buildings. Supporters point to health concerns surrounding second-hand smoke. Opponents said more research is needed to determine the effects of e-cigs before more restrictions are put in place. View article
***Further reading: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)
On July 6, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that protects the health of millions of Americans by helping states reduce air pollution and attain the 1997 ozone and fine particle and 2006 fine particle National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This rule, known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), requires states to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions that cross state lines and contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution in other states.
In a separate, but related, regulatory action, EPA finalized a supplemental rule making on December 15, 2011 to require five states; Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, to make summertime NOX reductions under the CSAPR ozone season control program. CSAPR requires a total of 28 states to reduce annual SO2 emissions, annual NOX emissions and/or ozone season NOX emissions to assist in attaining clean air standards.
To speed implementation, EPA is adopting federal implementation plans, or FIPs, for each of the states covered by this rule. EPA encourages States to replace these FIPs with State Implementation Plans, or SIPs. On February 7, 2012 and June 5, 2012, EPA issued two sets of minor adjustments to the CSAPR. Read full article
*Julia Marsh (15 May 2015) Smokers-rights group loses lawsuit over e-cigarette ban [online newspaper]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/qbd5dy9
**13 WHAM (14 May 2015) New push against e-cigarettes in NY [news]. Retrieved from http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/new-push-against-ecigarettes-ny-22795.shtml
***EPA (n/a date) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule [government agency]. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/CSAPR/basic.html