Gov. Cuomo announces flavored e-cigarette ban

September 16, 2019 09:37 AM

The largest maker of e-cigarettes is responding to Gov. Cuomo’s ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York State.

JUUL says it is reviewing the announcement and agrees that there is a need for aggressive category-wide action. They also say they will comply fully with New York laws.

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Governor Cuomo announced on Sunday that he is taking emergency executive action, the ban does not include the sale of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes.  Many individuals are questioning whether the ban goes far enough.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Governor did not include menthol as a flavor being banned,” said Bill Sherman of the American Cancer Society.

On Sunday, the governor held a press conference in New York City to discuss his decision. The ban comes a week after he urged all New Yorkers to stop vaping.

“Vaping is nicotine and nicotine is highly addictive,” said Governor Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo says vaping is addicting millions of young people. He says this is in large part because of the marketing of specific flavors.

The governor says his decision to ban all e-cigarettes, except the menthol flavor, is based on research and recommendations from the State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker.

“The menthol flavor for the vaping helps menthol cigarette smokers,” said Governor Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo’s emergency executive order comes after at least 450 illnesses and six deaths have been attributed to vaping. No single device, liquid, or ingredient has been tied to the illnesses or deaths.

Health organizations across the state, like the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, are asking the governor to rethink a ban on all e-cigarettes moving forward.

“When the governor exempts menthol from the equation, we are fearful it sends a message to children and their parents that somehow menthol is safe,” added Sherman.


WNYT Staff

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