New York Moves to Enact Statewide Flavored E-Cig Ban

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Cuomo's office also says he is directing state police and the Department of Health to immediately partner to ramp up enforcement efforts against retailers who sell to underage youth, with the possibility of criminal penalties. (Emphasis added.) What does banning flavored e-cigarettes have to do with symptoms that seem to be caused by additives in black-market cannabis products?

Andrew Cuomo directed state health officials to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, citing the risk of young people getting addicted to nicotine. All three governors are Democrats.

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"These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people", he said.

Since April, six people have died and 450 people have come down with serious cases of severe lung ailments linked to the use of e-cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The industry insists its product is safe, and that banning flavored liquids will drive people using e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking back to traditional cigarettes. Cuomo's ban, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's and the Trump administration's, is officially a response to "the increasing number of youth using vape products".

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"E-cigarettes have been implicated as a key indicator in the upward trend of the use of tobacco products among youths in recent years", New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said.

Noting the rise of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, Gavin said he chose to issue the order "in the absence of any legislative effort" from state lawmakers. He said he wanted to act unilaterally amid a public health emergency, but the state constitution doesn't let him. The industry has spent a lot of money in states around the country to lobby against state-level flavored e-cigarette bans, in states including Hawaii, California, Maine and CT.

'We do not know the long term-term health effects of the use of the product, ' Cuomo said.

President Donald Trump has been calling for a federal ban, however New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an "emergency executive action" to take them off the shelves in his state. CBS News reported that Cuomo's office said the order will advance legislation that would eliminate deceptive marketing to underage users and hike the legal purchasing age of e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old. They have said people should avoid inhaling vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found in some vaping products.

Cuomo "had the opportunity to take decisive action, but instead left menthol e-cigarettes on the marketplace", said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, in an email statement.