Published: Tue, September 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New York Moves Towards Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes

New York Moves Towards Ban On Flavored E-Cigarettes

Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban yesterday. Retailers will be given two weeks to remove merchandise from their shelves.

The statements made by the Governor on Sunday are still leaving some vape store owners in shock.

In December a year ago, the National Institutes of Health said more than 37% of high school seniors reported "any vaping" over the past 12 months, a number that was just under 28% in 2017.

For now the state's ban does not include menthol products, which could prove a helpful transition for menthol cigarette smokers.

Sales of e-cigarettes are banned in NY to people under 18 years old, an age that will rise to 21 in November. US health officials have identified 380 cases of illness in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.

"Dr. Zucker is recommending that the ban be put into effects immediately through what is called an emergency regulation as part of a declaration of a health emergency", Cuomo said Sunday.

'At a minimum it is addicting youth people to nicotine at a very early age, ' Cuomo added.

Almost 28 percent of USA adolescents surveyed this year said say they vaped at least once in the last 30 days, the government said.

Today, shopkeeper Ashif Lakhani was minding the NYC Smoke Shop & Vape Shop, which now derives about 40 per cent to 50 per cent of its business from the sale of vaping products. Vaping is better than that, but that's not saying much, ' Cuomo said.

"These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people", the Democratic governor said at a news conference in Manhattan.

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It comes after a surge in lung disease in the USA city of Milwaukee.

While the dangers are still a mystery, what is clear-there are more than 350 cases of respiratory illnesses from vaping across three dozen and possible connections to at least six deaths. NY has always been a leader in reducing tobacco use.

The Cuomo spokesman said the ban would go into effect by early October after conferring with state health officials.

"In a snap, this thing comes", said Rehman, who feels that vapers aren't being afforded enough input. He said he struggled to quit smoking cigarettes until he switched to vaping.

Mr. Trump said he wants parents to know his administration is carefully reviewing e-cigarettes.

"Excessive anything can get you sick", he said. Public health officials have urged people to stop vaping until they can determine the cause of the illness. "The governor had the opportunity to take decisive action, but instead left menthol e-cigarettes on the marketplace".

The executive action would not ban tobacco or menthol vaping products.

Cuomo said many vaping flavours - including bubblegum and cotton candy - appear meant to appeal to younger smokers. High school use in 2018 (27.4 percent) was 160 percent higher than it was in 2014 (10.5 percent). It could including increasing a nicotine tax on e-cigarettes.

Juul, the nation's largest e-cigarette company, said it welcomes steps to keep kids from using its products.

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