Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are close to 500 brands and 7,700 different flavors of electronic cigarettes for sale on the market. None of these have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the American Lung Association.As noted in the article, 20 percent of children have tried these products without knowing the possible consequences. It’s concerning that there are children being exposed to e-cigarettes when they haven’t been evaluated. The new ban will prevent the possibility of potentially harmful second-hand emissions inhaled in public places.I’m aware that electronic cigarettes have been viewed as a way for people to quit traditional smoking, although this isn’t the case. The FDA has not yet found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit.The ban on electronic cigarettes is a positive one. The product that many people believe is aiding them in becoming healthier is the very one that could continue to cause harm to themselves, and potentially to others. Remember when they used to say regular cigarettes were safe?Danielle EptingAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation After reading the Oct. 24 article, “New York bans vaping anywhere cigarettes are prohibited,” I’m pleased to see action being taken against electronic cigarettes. These kinds of cigarettes have been advertised as a healthier option, but the harmful effects of these products have not been reviewed.