News E-cigarettes banned from schools by New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill banning e-cigarettes from school grounds throughout the state, effective July 25, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / iStockphoto / mauro_grigollo By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 July 25, 2017 1:50 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Students who vape will have to pass on the popular puffing pens this school year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday that bans e-cigarettes and vaping devices, effective immediately, from school grounds throughout the state. “Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging to teens, and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools,” Cuomo said in a statement. The governor cited a state health department survey that was released in March that showed e-cigarette use among high school students nearly doubled from 10.5 percent in 2014 to 20.6 percent in 2016. Current state law already prohibits traditional smoking on public and private school property, which includes buildings, playgrounds and any vehicles used to transport children or school personnel. The new law would extend that ban to “electronic nicotine and vapor delivery systems,” such as vape pens, hookah machines and similar devices. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.