Sunday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an “emergency executive action” to impose a ban on the sales of flavored vaping products (except tobacco and menthol). The ban could take effect as early as Oct. 4 and is expected to last for 90 days.
The stated reason for the ban is youth vaping and nicotine addiction, but Gov. Cuomo has also conflated black market THC oil products connected to the outbreak of severe lung illnesses with commercial nicotine vaping products in order to add a sense of urgency to his action.
“New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we’re taking action to put an end to it.”
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