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Conservatives Oppose Ban on E-Cigarette Smoking in Public

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The New York State Conservative Party is criticizing a proposal to bar electronic cigarette smoking in public places. 

The party opposes a bill before the state Legislature to make restrictions on smoking in public areas applicable to so called e-cigarettes. The conservatives argue that people should make their own decisions and that the measure would continue the ``Nanny State'' role of government. 

Proponents of the bans say they are aimed at preventing the re-acceptance of smoking as a societal norm, particularly among teenagers. 

A New York City law making electronic cigarettes subject to the same regulations as tobacco took effect last week. 

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