New York to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes by emergency order

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced an emergency executive action ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the state, amid a surge of vaping-related illnesses and deaths across the country.

“Vaping is dangerous. Period,” the governor said. “No one can sit here and say long-term use of vaping, where you are inhaling steam and chemicals deep into your lungs, is healthy.”

Federal health officials are reviewing 450 possible cases linked to vaping across 33 states, including the 215 cases it has previously reported. At least three people have died from the mysterious lung illness, and top government health officials have flagged the trend as an epidemic. 

The federal government and states ban the sale of vaping devices to minors, though government data show that last year one in five U.S. high school students said they vaped in the previous month.

New York last November began to take steps to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, but withdrew the proposed rules. Legislators also rejected Cuomo’s budget proposal to clarify the state health department’s authority to limit sales.

The state would become the second in the country behind Michigan to ban the candy flavored products. 

Cuomo called it a public health emergency and accused manufacturers of targeting young people.

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