New York budget addresses vaping oils, advertising

New York budget addresses vaping oils, advertising

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently unveiled a budget proposal authorizing the State Department of Health to ban certain vaping product carrier oils connected to vaping-related illnesses.

The effort also restricts vaping advertisements targeting youth in the Enacted Budget.

“The dangers of vaping and flavored e-cigarette products are becoming more apparent by the day, and it would be a tragedy if our successful efforts to combat the tobacco industry were reversed by allowing the vaping industry to get a whole new generation hooked on their products,” Cuomo said. “This is a scourge on our state and our nation: if these chemicals don’t kill you, you wind up addicted to nicotine. New York is leading the nation in confronting this new and deadly epidemic, and this year we will continue to lead by banning flavored e-cigarette products and vaping ads aimed at youth, helping to keep our children safe and preventing them from forming unhealthy and life-long addictions.”

Officials said Cuomo’s initiative would also prohibit the online, phone and mail-order sale of e-cigarettes, stipulating only registered retailers would be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes using those methods.

Cuomo has also initiated action to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York, while additionally warning
New Yorkers against e-cigarette use, directing the New York State Department of Health to investigate companies that produce vaping substances, and requiring smoke and vape shops to post warnings advising New Yorkers of the health risks of illegal vape e-cigarettes and e-liquids.