A New Jersey law banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes went into effect Monday with the support of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The law “is the right move to reverse skyrocketing youth use of e-cigarettes and couldn’t come at a better time as health experts are warning that smoking and vaping can worsen the effects of COVID-19,” Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president, said.
“It’s more critical than ever to keep our lungs healthy. This measure is necessary to prevent e-cigarettes from addicting a new generation of kids and reversing the enormous progress we have made in reducing youth tobacco use.”
The organization urges other states to pass similar laws.
Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island are the only other states to have prohibited the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. New York’s law will go into effect on May 18.
In 2017, e-cigarette use among high school students was 11.7 percent, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Last year, the number of students using e-cigarettes increased to 27.5 percent. This means, more than 5.3 million middle and high school students use e-cigarettes.
According to the survey, 70 percent of students used e-cigarettes because of the flavors, and 97 percent of youth e-cigarette users used a flavored product in the past month.