New York is set to become the latest state to outlaw flavoured e-cigarettes as concerns grow about the health implications of vaping.
Emergency regulations could be in effect within two weeks as a result of several deaths and health problems, particularly among young people.
There has been particular criticism towards bubble-gum and sweet flavoured vapes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said: These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people.
There was a significant increase in e-cigarette use by young people.
Nationwide, the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed traditional cigarette usage continuing to fall for students in 6th to 12th grade but vaping continuing to surge higher.
The biggest player in the industry, Juul Labs, said it was reviewing the announcement, but agreed with the need for action.
The ban would not impact tobacco- and menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes, but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluating and that could change.
Not including menthol brought criticism for Cuomo from some quarters.
Cuomo had the opportunity to take decisive action, but instead left menthol e-cigarettes on the marketplace, said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, in an email statement. While todays announcement was well-intentioned, it will drive our youth to use menthol flavoured products in even greater numbers.
Cuomo signed legislation earlier this year raising the statewide smoking age to 21, and earlier this month signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping.
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