Tobacco and E-cigarette Control Laws

We provide technical assistance to organizations, vendors and worksites that implement these laws. We also offer educational materials on responsibilities and rights under these laws, and trainings and presentations to various groups regarding these laws.

Smoke Free Air Act (SFAA)

The SFAA prohibits smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes in nearly all workplaces. This includes areas near hospital entrances, in parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. The SFAA also prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco at sports arenas and recreational areas that issue tickets.

The SFAA requires the posting of “No Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Smokeless Use” signs to be clear and visible in any indoor space where smoking, using e-cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco is not allowed.

These signs must be:

  • Printed in color with a color printer.
  • Printed on durable material.
  • No smaller than 8 ¼ inches by 10 ½ inches.
  • Oriented as they appear online.
  • Not cut, reordered or redesigned.

The person in control of the areas where smoking and vaping are prohibited is responsible for the compliance and enforcement of the SFAA.

Residential Building Owners

Under the SFAA, smoking and use of e-cigarettes is banned in all indoor common areas of buildings with three or more units.

Residential buildings with three or more units are required to create a policy on smoking and disclose it to tenants and prospective tenants.

Business Owners and Employers

Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishments

All hookah-serving establishments are required to have a permit. They must only serve non-tobacco shisha. Hookah establishments must display warning signs about the health risks of hookah smoke. People younger than 21 are not permitted to enter hookah-serving establishments.

New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA)

Similar to the SFAA, the CIAA prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in certain public areas and covers New York State (including New York City). In addition to the SFAA restrictions, the CIAA prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes:

  • Within 100 feet of entrances, exits or outdoor areas of public libraries
  • Within 100 feet of entrances, exits or outdoor areas of public or private elementary or secondary schools

CIAA requires the posting of "No Smoking" or "Smoking" signs, or "No Vaping" or "Vaping" signs, or a sign with the international "No Smoking" symbol, to be clear and visible in these outdoor areas.

The person in control of the smoking and vaping prohibited areas is responsible for the compliance and enforcement of the CIAA.

Retail Sales of Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes

The number of tobacco and e-cigarette retail dealer licenses are capped. This means there are a maximum number of licenses allowed in each district. No new tobacco or e-cigarette retail dealer licenses will be issued for a district until the number of licenses falls below the cap.

Price and Pack Size Regulations

City Tobacco Product Regulation Act and State Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act

The City Tobacco Product Regulation Act (PDF) and State Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (PDF) have various restrictions related to the sale of tobacco products:

Internet Tobacco Sales

New York State bans the sale of cigarettes over the internet.

Additional Resources

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