The rise of flavored e-cigarettes is leading more and more people to become addicted to nicotine, with the majority of the users being teenagers and young adults.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the ban against these e-cigarettes last Sunday, except for tobacco and menthol products. The ban arose from the illnesses and deaths caused by vaping that has been sweeping the country in recent weeks.
“These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” the Democratic governor stated, expressing his concern with the fruit and candy flavors of e-cigarettes that are appealing to the youth.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 400 people have developed lung diseases that can be linked to vaping. However, experts are still looking into the root causes of the illnesses.
In the meantime, health professionals are warning people against using vaping products as well as marijuana-based oil. These products may contain Vitamin E acetate, which is harmful when inhaled.
The e-cigarette ban in New York followed the ban that Michigan announced a few weeks ago, making it the second state to issue such a ban in the U.S.
The ban will not take e-cigarettes off retail shelves as what President Trump is planning to do nationwide, but it will raise the legal purchasing age to 21 years old.
As part of the ban, Governor Cuomo ordered the state police to follow strict enforcement against sales of e-cigarettes to people under 21 years old.