NY state bans flavored e-cigarettes over vaping concerns

Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York

Enlarge Image Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. AP

The state of NY became the first in the United States to ban all flavoured e-cigarettes on Tuesday, after an outbreak of lung illnesses tied to vaping.

Earlier this month, Cuomo has called for people to stop smoking e-cigarettes until they know more about the ingredients after the recent e-cigarette-related hospitalizations and deaths.

Today is the first day of New York's ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. They did so over the protests of vape shop owners, who say they are helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, and that they will lose their businesses when the ban takes effect.

Final week, the Trump administration introduced plans to settle on away all flavoured e-cigarettes from retailer cupboards. It's much worse among high schoolers: according to AM New York, New York state data shows that 27 per cent of high school students (and 40 per cent of twelfth graders) vaped a year ago, a 160 per cent increase from 2014. The ban, it added, would force the closure of every Main Street America "mom and pop" vape shop in NY.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom said he lacked the authority to ban flavored vaping products but announced a crackdown on counterfeits.

Although New York is targeting the kinds of flavored e-cigarettes most likely to appeal to young users, it's allowing some concessions.

The vote followed hours of passionate testimony, mostly from people arguing against the flavor ban.

The panel on Tuesday voted to adopt the prohibition, which applies to all flavored e-cigarettes besides menthol, Cuomo's office said in a statement.

Other U.S. states such as California are making moves to spread awareness about the dangers of vape products. "And I think they have been opportunistic on seizing on [VAPI] to ban all of these products without giving thought to the broader implications".

A health council passed emergency legislation proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo outlawing flavored vaping products amid an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. He also recently signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping.

"While today's announcement was well-intentioned, it will drive our youth to use menthol-flavored products in even greater numbers", said ALA President Harold Wimmer.

Unique York is the second issue within the nation to introduce this kind of ban, after MI did so earlier this month.

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