NEW YORK (AP) — A smokers' advocacy group says it has filed a lawsuit against New York City seeking to overturn the city's ban on electronic cigarettes.
The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment said Tuesday it filed the papers in state Supreme Court.
The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last month in office. The law prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned.
The lawsuit says the ban regulates both tobacco smoke exposure and e-cigarettes. The group says that violates the "One Subject Rule" of the city's charter.
The FDA plans to regulate e-cigarettes but has not yet issued proposed rules.
The City Council and Law Department did not immediately respond Tuesday to requests for comment.