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Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

September 16, 2019 05:46 PM

NEW YORK CITY (AP) - Retailers who sell vaping products in New York are scrambling in response to a proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

The emergency regulations proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday could take effect Tuesday, when they go before a state health council for a vote. Stores will have two weeks to remove the items from their shelves.

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Retailers say they believe people sickened by vaping were using black market products, and not the ones they sell.

The ban would not impact menthol- or tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

It comes after hundreds of people were sickened by lung illnesses related to electronic cigarette use.

President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Cuomo said New York's emergency ban is justified because the state can't wait for federal action.

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