ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Senate will examine the safety and potential harms of e-cigarettes and vaping at a public hearing today.

"We have a responsibility to protect our children from unregulated, unsafe, and potentially dangerous products," Senator Kevin Thomas, Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, said. "Vaping is a serious public health concern that has reached epidemic proportions among our school-aged youth. This hearing is an opportunity for New Yorkers to voice their concerns as we develop solutions to ensure the health and safety of all children across New York State."

It will focus on gathering input from experts and stakeholders on potential legislative solutions to regulate e-cigs and vaping products in the upcoming legislative session.

"With so much noise, rumor, and speculation, this hearing will gather experts, including school leaders and students, to discuss the facts," Senator Shelley B. Mayer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said.

Oral testimony at the 12 p.m. hearing is by invitation only, but if you have written testimony to submit, you can do so here.