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.
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.
Created: September 16, 2019 05:46 PM
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