New York State Institutes Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes
Stores have two weeks to clear their shelves of the products
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Using his executive powers, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is banning flavored electronic cigarettes in the state.
The ban goes into effect immediately and makes New York the first state to institute such a regulation. Michigan will ban some of these products, but how the ban is to be structured has not been finalized, according to the Associated Press.
The ban is a reaction to the popularity of flavored e-cigarettes among teens. The state health department says the nearly 40 percent of high school seniors and 27 percent of high school students in the state use e-cigarettes, the AP reports.
The Public Health and Health Planning Council voted to ban all flavored vaping products except menthol and tobacco flavors. Stores have two weeks to clear their shelves of these products. The ban lasts 90 days and will have to be reinstated if the legislature has not passed a bill to permanently ban these products.