NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Lloyd Doyle
November 11, 2018

The Cuomo administration says NY state is taking steps that could make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes.

Gottlieb is also expected to propose a ban on menthol in regular cigarettes.

Preliminary government data showed e-cigarette use rose 77% among high schoolers and almost 50% among middle schoolers in 2018, meaning that 3.5 million minors were vaping in early 2018.

The Cuomo administration's plans come as the federal government plans to require strict limits on the retail sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.

As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes - the majority of vaping products sold - in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials.

Part of the concern is that many E-cigarette users are likely to become addicted to nicotine and some could end up on regular cigarettes - a product that kills half of its long-term users.

There has been mounting pressure for action after preliminary federal data showed teenage use had surged by more than 75 percent since past year, and the FDA has described it as an "epidemic". It also said it cracked down on 1,300 retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.

Altria (mo) has already said it will remove its MarkTen pod-based products and will stop selling all flavors except for menthol or tobacco in its products until the FDA reviews and approves them.

E-cigarettes vaporise a liquid that contains nicotine, the addictive stimulant that gives smokers a rush.

"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in September.

"The big answer is we don't know, we have no idea what the long-term use of e-cigarettes is", Krugman said.

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