New York City bans flavoured vaping products amid nationwide crackdown

New York City has approved a ban on most flavoured e-cigarettes and e-liquids after a second vaping-related death last week.   Any shop found selling them will be fined a minimum of $1000.

The ban targets sweet-flavoured vaping products, and the unpopular tobacco-flavoured liquid is exempt from the fine.

The ban comes amid a spike in concern across the US at the negative effects of vaping, particularly among teenagers. 

Mark Levine, the New York Health Committee Chair, said that the organisation has “no higher obligation than to protect the health of kids.”  

“No longer will kids in this city be lured into nicotine addiction and by the easy availability of flavored vapes,” he added. 

Massachusetts banned every flavoured tobacco product from its shelves last week, following Michigan’s temporary ban on e-cigarettes which will be in effect for at least six months. 

A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, echoed Mr Levine’s concern when it found that almost 30 percent of high school students vaped in the 30 days preceding its research, which was carried out earlier this year.  

A 30-year-old Manhattan man died from a vaping-related illness following the death of a 17-year-old from the Bronx borough last month. 

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York City, and other officials, have expressed their concern. 

“Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people,” Mr Cuomo said in September.  

“At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth.” 

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