ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In Wednesday’s State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed banning several vaping products and practices to address the dangers of nicotine addiction. Cuomo favors potential legislation prohibiting:
- Chemicals and carrier oils deemed a public health risk
- All flavored e-liquids
- Advertisements aimed at youth
- Online, phone, and mail order electronic cigarettes sales to consumers
When introduced, such new measures would authorize the Health Department to outlaw certain potentially dangerous oils and vaping devices ingredients linked to vape-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. The Health Department would have greater powers to evaluate, for example, vitamin E acetate, an untested, unregulated chemical of concern sometimes used as an e-liquid diluting agent.
Because vaping flavors like cotton candy and bubblegum appeal to children, Cuomo favors banning sales of all flavors outright, including menthol. Targeting these products to kids results in up to 40% of high school seniors vaping. Cuomo’s legislation would restrict all vape and vape-adjacent ads intended for kids in newspapers, magazines, and digital periodicals, and on social media and youth-oriented websites.
To limit sale to anonymous minors, only registered and licensed retailers could purchase e-cigarettes online or by mail or phone. Ideal legislation would further block advertisers from making safety claims or pitching vaping as a smoking cessation option without FDA approval.