ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the hopes of curbing a sharp rise in the use of vaping products by young people, the Cuomo administration said Friday.
“As the governor previously said, he’s very concerned about the rise in youth e-cigarette use and this administration is looking to do everything it can to curb this emerging public health issue,” Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said in an email. The state Department of Health published its proposals for banning e-cigarettes in the New York State Registry on Wednesday. The agency later withdrew them to allow more time for legal review. The regulations will be republished soon, the agency said. They could then be adopted after a 60-day period of public comment. Citing recent data regarding young people using e-cigarettes, Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in September that there’s an “epidemic of addiction” among youth, mainly driven by flavored products. Although vaping is generally considered a less dangerous alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products, health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.