New York State’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes and sale of tobacco products in pharmacies took effect Monday, May 18.
The bans are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy, which were included in the recent budget.
“The ban on flavored nicotine vapor products will protect our children, who, thanks to the tobacco industry’s marketing efforts, have been using vaping products at alarming rates,” said New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “Starting today, we will no longer permit Big Tobacco to target young New Yorkers for a lifetime of nicotine addiction.”
“These policies are all part of a full-court press, said Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and head of tobacco control programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. “They are part of long-standing efforts by New York State to change the social norms about tobacco by making products less appealing and less accessible. The New York State Smokers Quitline continues to be there for smokers looking to quit (1-800-NY-QUITS, www.nysmokefree.com.)”
Research shows that the flavors in e-cigarettes attract kids and the nicotine addicts them. Nearly 40% of high school seniors in New York State use e-cigarettes, also referred to as “vaping,” and 27% of all high school youth vape.
The ban does not include flavorless and tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products, as well as products that are approved by the FDA.