Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), introduced a bill to ban the sale and distribution of flavoured e-cigarette liquids in New York, last week. “That kind of product is meant to appeal to kids,” she said whilst echoing the unsound arguments made by the previous Surgeon General. “I don’t know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor,” she mistakenly said.
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If approved, this bill will be the latest of a series of blows received by vapers in the state. Last July, Gov. Cuomo signed into a measure that bans vaping in all public and private schools, whilst in June, lawmakers in Albany voted to add vaping products to the state Clean Indoor Air Act, hence banning the devices from from bars and restaurants, just like regular cigarettes.
Julie Hart from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is in agreement with Rosenthal. “Sweet products have fueled the popularity of e-cigarettes to kids,” she said. “Chocolate, gummy bear, cotton candy, cookies and cream — these are all things that are enticing to kids.”
Flavoured e-cigs encourage smokers to switch to the safer alternatives
However public health experts have been pointing out that while the utmost must be done to prevent kids’ accessibility to obtaining such products, making them unavailable to adults will have negative consequences. It is a known fact that many smokers are encouraged to try the significantly safer products, because of the wide array of flavours available.
Rosenthal’s bill has yet to be presented to the GOP-controlled state Senate. Last March, a similar bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), but it never made it beyond the Senate Health Committee.
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