In case you haven’t heard, New York City just raised its cigarette prices (again) to make them the highest in the nation as part of a push to decrease the number of smokers in the city by 200,000 by 2020. The problem is that the seven bills Mayor DeBlasio signed also limit one of the most viable alternatives for smokers out there: e-cigarettes. Here’s the impact of New York City’s tobacco legislation on vaping. Licensing Requirements If you’re a retailer who wants to sell e-cigarettes in New York City, you’ll have to have a license first. The new tobacco legislation in NYC not only requires vape shops to have a license, it also puts a limit on the number of businesses that will be allowed to see vape products in the city. It’s not clear exactly how many e-cig retailers the city is hoping to eliminate, but the goal is to ultimately cut the number of vape shops in NYC by half the current number. The new law aims to do the same with tobacco retailers and hopes to do so by limiting the number of new businesses that can enter the market. This will make it even more difficult for vapers to get the products they use in place of cigarettes. No Vaping In Common Areas Of Some Buildings Say you live in an apartment building in New York with three or more units and you’re really wanting to enjoy a vape when you’re on the terrace or in a shared yard. Under the new law, you won’t be permitted to do that. There’s a similar such rule in place already for residents who live in apartments with 10 or more units, but this new restriction encompasses NYC vapers who dwell in even smaller buildings. E-Cig Sales Banned At Pharmacies New York City’s tobacco legislation now also prevents pharmacies and drugstores from selling e-cigarettes, lumping them in with other tobacco products that won’t be permitted for sale in such retailers when their licenses are up in 2018, according to NBC. This measure not only limits the availability of e-cigs for current vapers who need a device on-the-go, but also prevents potential first-time vapers from considering e-cigs as an alternative to cigarettes while they’re out shopping. What do you think of New York City’s tobacco legislation and how it limits e-cig retailers and vapers in the long run? What are your city’s vape laws like? Let us know in the comments.