New York May Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Empire State would become the second state to do so, following Michigan’s lead.

September 17, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y.—Following several highly publicized vaping-related illnesses and deaths, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Sunday that he would pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to The New York Times.

The news came just days after President Trump announced plans for a similar federal ban on vape products. If New York does impose an e-cig ban, it would become the second state to do so. Earlier this month, Michigan officials announced an upcoming ban that will prohibit the sale of such products.

“Vaping is dangerous. Period,” said Cuomo. “No one can say long-term use of vaping—where you’re inhaling steam and chemicals deep into your lungs—is healthy.”

Under the proposed New York plan, the state’s Public Health and Health Planning Council would be convened and issue an emergency regulation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The ban would take effect immediately. Tobacco and menthol-flavored products would not be included, the governor said.