Vaping products in NY State have recently been under attack. First came the proposal to ban discount coupons, and last week the letter by the Health Commissioner, urging physicians to refrain suggesting the products as tobacco alternatives.
Now Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), a New York State Senator has put forward a proposal to introduce a legislation that would ban flavoured e-liquids in the state. To promote this ban, he said that cigarette companies are luring kids into vaping by selling flavours such as fruit punch, gummy bear, cotton candy, in order to get them hooked on nicotine and ensure another generation of customers.
None of the flavors mentioned are produced by Big Tobacco
However, pointed out Dr. Michael Siegel, the Senator’s claims are inaccurate. Siegel listed the flavours available by big tobacco companies and pointed out, “Not a single one of the tobacco companies is producing gummy bear, cotton candy, or fruit punch e-cigarettes.”
Looking at the bigger picture
The public health activist concludes his blog by pointing out that aside from the fact that this proposed legislation is based on a lie, it is a bad idea for other reasons. Studies have found that one of the motivators that drives adult smokers to switch from deadly cigarettes to the safer alternatives are precisely the wide array of flavours available. Hence banning e-liquid flavours could have a negative impact on public health, as less smokers may be inclined to attempt switching to the products that have been proven to be at least 95% safer than their combustible counterparts.