(PM) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive action banning the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes on Sunday. This comes after health officials deemed the rise of E-cigarettes a growing epidemic among teens.
Cuomo stated that: “Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we’re taking action to put an end to it.”
He further stated that: “New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency.”
The governor also stated that police and the Health Department will conduct undercover investigations to check if stores are selling vaping products to underage people.
Last week, President Trump said that he is seeking to ban non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes. He announced that the FDA will develop guidelines to remove them from the market.
The ban is expected to come into place later this week.
The potentially fatal disease, and its inexplicable cause, have led to revived calls from public health officials, parents, educators and lawmakers for a total outlaw on the largely deregulated manufacturing of vaping products; it has also driven an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control, which warned consumers against purchasing bootleg cannabis and e-cigarette products.
In rejoinder, several state attorneys general, including New York’s, Letitia James, called for the federal government to outlaw flavored e-cigarettes in May, and state legislators in California and Massachusetts introduced bills to block their sale.
Last week, New Jersey’s Senate president, Stephen M. Sweeney, pushed the effort to curb e-cigarette use even further by introducing legislation that would prevent the sale of all electronic smoking devices. If passed, it would make New Jersey the first state to pass a complete ban on e-cigarettes.