ALBANY, N.Y. - Backers of electronic cigarettes are watching legislation that could make New York the first state in the nation to ban the devices widely advertised on the Internet as a way to help quit smoking.
A key vote in the state Assembly Health Committee could be cast as early as Tuesday.
Health officials say e-cigarettes are just another addictive habit, one that can hook kids early and legally on smoking.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal wants them banned in New York until they are more thoroughly investigated and regulated.
Advocates of e-cigarettes insist they are a proven miracle for those hoping to quit or cut down tobacco smoking.
The battery-operated devices heat nicotine for the user to get the flavor of smoking, but emit only water vapor.