New Legislative Efforts To Stop Teens From Vaping In NY

Kevin Rincon
February 20, 2020 - 5:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There’s renewed legislative efforts to stop children from vaping in New York, and it involves banning all flavored e-cigarettes.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reports, despite recent changes to laws and regulations, young people are still using vaping products and becoming addicted to nicotine.

However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the non-profit, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, are hoping that new legislation authorizing the Department of Health to ban certain carrier oils uses in vaping products will solve the epidemic.

“Some problems are hard to solve, this one isn’t,” said Matthew Meyers, who heads the non-profit.

Meyers and Cuomo are also hoping to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in certain locations throughout the state, making it harder for teenagers to get their hands on them.

Meyers says one proposed piece of legislation aims to “eliminate the sale of e-cigarettes and all other tobacco products in pharmacies, they don't belong there.”

New York health officials say 20% of all high school students are no using e-cigarettes and many of them are hooked on the flavored nicotine products that are marketed towards children.

“Like ‘Captain Crunch,’ ‘Bubble Gum,’ ‘Gummy Bear,’ ‘Banana Nut Bread,’ ‘Pink Lemonade,’ ‘Fruit Loops,’” says Gov. Cuomo.

Under his proposal, all flavors would be banned along with menthol.

While similar proposals have been met with backlash and have been blocked by lawsuits in New York, the governor is hopeful the Legislature will pass the measures.

“As a last resort, there is no excuse, in my opinion, for not getting it done in the budget,” Cuomo said. “As a last resort, I would just assume they pass it as soon as they come back.”