In April, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino joined with Massapequa Park Mayor Jeff Pravado, YES Community Counseling Center and members of the Massapequa Takes Action Coalition for a press conference to announce the Town's proposed restrictions on vaping and hookah lounges. The proposed legislation would restrict vaping and hookah lounges within 1,000 feet from any school, library or church, limits sales on products and requires businesses to post warning signs regarding the dangers of vaping/e-cigarette products. See local news media covering the Town's Announcement:  CBS Local ; Newsday and Syosset Advance .

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Town of Oyster Bay Board held a public hearing with regard to the proposed legislation . MTAC presented information noting the increased youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping products as well as the adverse health impact the chemicals and vapors pose to our teens and young adults.

In addition, other residents and the NYS Vapor Association stated their opposition to the bill and its restrictions to the location of vape lounges, hookah lounges, smoke and vape shops being within industrial areas and not being located within a thousand foot radius of the lot line of any residence, school, park playground, library, church or house of worship.

The public hearing was closed and the legislation was not put forward. We are hopeful that our Town leaders will act in the best interest of our community members.