New York is banning flavored e-cigarettes amid vaping-related “health crisis.” The state’s health department approved the regulation on September 17, 2019 and the ban takes effect immediately on all flavors except tobacco and menthol.
The ban comes amid a federal health investigation into an outbreak of serious lung illnesses and at least seven deaths that have been linked to the vaping of black-market cartridges. Many of the cases are linked to products with THC and nicotine.
Health officials have warned against using products bought “on the street” that could have been tampered with, often because of lack of regulatory oversight. The CDC recommends anyone concerned about the health risks stop vaping altogether.
“New York is not waiting for the federal government to act, and by banning flavored e-cigarettes we are safeguarding the public health and helping prevent countless young people from forming costly, unhealthy and potentially deadly life-long habits,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told BuzzFeed.
In early September, Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarette sales. In June, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a temporary ban e-cigarette sales. California Governor Gavin Newson also announced plans for a campaign about the dangers of vaping, which would be sponsored by the states.