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A02552 Summary:

COSPNSRLevenberg, Steck, Tapia, Brown K, Curran, Gallahan, Reyes, Davila, Maher
Add §21-970, NYC Ad Cd
Requires the installation of vaping detectors in certain schools.
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A02552 Actions:

01/26/2023referred to education
01/03/2024referred to education
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A02552 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Hyndman
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the installation of vaping detectors in certain schools   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To protect our children, this bill will require all New York City public schools with a student enrollment of one thousand or more to install vape detectors within the school.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section, § 21-970. The new section, § 21-970 provides the following: a) Definitions: 1) Vaping 2) Vaping detector b) Criteria requiring school to install vape detectors c) Requires the New York City Department of Education to set disciplinary measures Section 2 of the bill sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Within the past year, the number of children that started using vapes has nearly tripled. The use of these vapes has shown us how dangerous vaping can be due to the increased cases of children having problems breathing, and in the worst-case scenarios, children dying. Anything that results in an unnatural death is something that should be scruti- nized and handled in an appropriate manner. When an adult or a child vapes, it may affect the use of his or her ability to inhale an adequate amount of air. Before a child hits puberty there is an organ called the Thymus located between the lungs. This organ is an essential part of the immune system, it is important to the body as a whole. The Thymus is the organ that creates the T-cells that help fight off infections, virus, and diseases within the human body. However, after a child hits puberty which can be as early as 9 years old, and in some cases even earlier, the Thymus no longer produces this type of cell anymore, in fact, over time the Thymus is replaced by fatty tissues. Although, the Thymus is no longer func- tional after a person hits puberty, it still manages to do its job, but if a child is smoking then the Thymus is being forced to retire early. Putting vape detectors in school, along with proper education on why vaping is not good for children or for anyone for that matter, will help decrease the increasing number of children that are using vapes on school grounds. Medical research has proven children are still likely to develop side effects from vaping even in their adult years, after years of quitting due to the lack of produced T-cells within their body.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A02552 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 26, 2023
        Introduced  by M. of A. HYNDMAN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
          relation  to requiring the installation of vaping detectors in certain
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended
     2  by adding a new section 21-970 to read as follows:
     3    § 21-970 Vaping detectors. a. For the purposes of  this  section,  the
     4  following terms shall have the following meanings:
     5    1.  "vaping"  shall mean the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol,
     6  often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or simi-
     7  lar device.
     8    2. "vaping detector" shall mean a device capable  of  detecting  vapor
     9  from  vaping  devices  and  which alerts people to the presence of vapor
    10  from vaping devices.
    11    b. All schools within the city of New York which have one thousand  or
    12  more students enrolled shall install and monitor vaping detectors within
    13  the school. Vaping detectors shall be installed in all student bathrooms
    14  and common areas in such schools.
    15    c.  The department shall set disciplinary measures for students caught
    16  vaping, by means of a vaping detector or  any  other  means,  or  caught
    17  tampering  with  a vaping detector. Such disciplinary measures shall not
    18  include suspension or expulsion from any school.
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    20  it shall have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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