Bamboo shot for the vape this morning in the United States! Following the bad buzz caused by several deaths that would concern so-called "vaping", the first legislative reactions were not long in coming. In New York State, the governor Andrew Cuomo has just announced the ban on all flavored e-cigarettes, with the exception of tobacco and menthol.
After the reaction of the president Donald Trump A few days ago, the impact of the investigation on the deaths of several people due to suspicious lung diseases was not long in coming. The governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo has announced this Sunday a ban on the sale of flavored e-liquids for e-cigarettes through an emergency procedure.
This decision comes in the context of a highly publicized investigation, a real "bad buzz" on diseases that would be linked to "vaping".
Cuomo announced this executive emergency action Sunday, citing the efforts of state health officials to curb the growing number of young people using vape products. He also accused e-cigarette manufacturers of marketing flavors to make children dependent on nicotine.
« Producers of fruit and candy flavored e-cigarettes are deliberately and recklessly targeting young people, and we are taking steps today to stop them"Said Cuomo.
State police and the Ministry of Health will also intensify their crackdown on shops selling e-cigarettes to minors, the governor's office said, citing complaints of illegal sales to minors.
« At the same time, unscrupulous stores knowingly sell vaping products to young minors: these sellers are now informed that we are enforcing the law and that they will be arrested and prosecuted"Said Cuomo. " Lawmakers in New York have lowered the legal age to buy 21 tobacco and 18 e-cigarettes at 21 last November. We will again focus on this law in the context of the upcoming crackdown, which encourages young minors to try to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes".
NO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN E-CIGARETTE, OPIOIDS, THC FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO
At a press conference in Manhattan on Sunday, Governor Cuomo also compared the e-cigarette industry to companies accused of creating and fueling the opioid epidemic.
« I do not think it's a scandalous parallel to look at the work we're doing right now with opioid companies" , did he declare. " They sold painkillers they knew were highly addictive. This created addicts among the users, which allowed them to develop more business relationships. "
« This tobacco, these cigarettes and now these e-cigarettes that produce steam, it remains nicotine. And nicotine is an addiction. Even setting aside other products that could be added - THC, Vitamin E - nicotine itself is the addictive drug and that's what they sell "Said Cuomo.
At the same time, the network of action against cancer the American Cancer Society urged Governor Cuomo to include mint and menthol e-liquids in the ban, citing 64% of youth who report using e-cigarettes with a menthol flavor.
« Exempting menthol e-liquids from this law makes no sense" , said Bill Sherman, Director General of Government Relations. " Emergency regulations have gaping holes that will allow the tobacco industry to continue to attract their children »
The executive's actions followed other measures taken by the state of New York against vape companies. For example, vape shops are now required to post signs warning people of the health risks associated with vape products.
All anti-smoking campaigns in New York will soon include information on the e-cigarette and nicotine as part of a series of measures signed Thursday by Governor Cuomo.