FILE PHOTO – A person makes use of a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York Metropolis, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday introduced a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes moreover tobacco and menthol in response to a latest nationwide spate of typically lethal lung sicknesses that U.S. well being officers have linked to vaping.
Cuomo stated vaping was harmful and that he was involved fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes had been main younger folks to get hooked on nicotine.
“These are clearly focused to younger folks and extremely efficient at concentrating on younger folks,” the Democratic governor stated at a information convention in Manhattan.
Practically 400 folks across the nation have been stricken with a lung sickness that’s doubtlessly vaping-related, in keeping with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Six have died.
Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to grasp what causes the sicknesses. In the meantime, well being officers have warned folks in opposition to shopping for vaping merchandise on the road or utilizing marijuana-derived oil. They’ve stated folks ought to keep away from inhaling vitamin E acetate, an ingredient present in some vaping merchandise.
In New York, the state’s well being commissioner, Howard Zucker, will formally ban flavored e-cigarettes moreover tobacco and menthol throughout an emergency assembly of the state’s Public Well being and Well being Planning Council this week, Cuomo stated.
Beneath state regulation, the council can vote to situation or amend sure rules affecting public well being.
New York can be solely the second state within the nation to introduce such a ban. Michigan did so earlier this month. On Wednesday, the Trump administration introduced plans to take away all flavored e-cigarettes from retailer cabinets.
Gross sales of e-cigarettes are banned in New York to folks below 18 years outdated, an age that can rise to 21 in November. Cuomo stated he has advised state police to extend enforcement in opposition to gross sales to underage folks.
Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Modifying by Paul Simao