New York ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect

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New York state’s ban on the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes went into effect Monday. A ban on the sale of all tobacco products at pharmacies also went into effect.

In 2019, e-cigarette-use among high school students nationwide spiked to 27.5 percent, compared to 11.7 percent two years earlier, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

A total of 97 percent of survey participants used a flavored product in the past month, and 70 percent said flavors were why.

In New York, 4.8 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes and 27.4 percent use e-cigarettes.

“The New York legislature should also tackle the serious problem of other flavored tobacco products – especially menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars – when they next return to session,”
Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president, said. “It’s time to stop tobacco companies from targeting and addicting kids with flavored products once and for all and put an end to the tobacco industry’s long and harmful history of targeting kids and African Americans with menthol cigarettes. The coronavirus pandemic should serve as a wakeup call to make our lungs healthier now and for the future.”

Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island also have prohibited the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

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