ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Over the past couple of weeks, vape stores across the state worked to sell off flavored e-cigarette products in anticipation of the enforcement of the ban.
“We did see an influx in customers over the last couple weeks. And as far as we knew, we had until yesterday to get rid of our flavored e-liquid merchandise,” Mike Kruger, NYS Vapor Association
The ban went into effect on September 17th but there was a grace period to get the products off the shelves. Some stores even sold them off at discounted rates.
On September 24th, The Vapor Technology Association and two vaping companies filed suit against the state over the ban but lost in a state Supreme Court. It then went to an appeals court, where the ban was halted for the time being. The appellate court will have a motion hearing on October 18th.
“We’re going to be hurting in the short-term, as far as seeing those customers that came in and stocked up at a discount because they’re going to be stocked up pretty well now. But we’ll get through it.”
The New York Department of Health didn’t provide us an interview on the next steps upon request.
In response to Thursday’s court decision, the state Health Commissioner said:
“While the court’s ruling temporarily delays our scheduled enforcement of this ban, it will not deter us from using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis.”
He continued to call it a “public health emergency” and believes the court will ultimately agree with the Department of Health.