Judge in Albany blocks state from enforcing ban on flavored e-cigarettesPosted: Updated:
The state's ban on the sale flavored electronic cigarettes was not even a week old when a judge in Albany blocked it from being enforced.
The judge ruled that only the state Legislature, and not Gov. Andrew Cuomo, can institute such a ban. Lawmakers are now working on passing the legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, while those in the vaping industry are applauding the court ruling.
Matt Flax, who owns Vaporville in Hicksville, argues that flavors have nothing to do with the safety of vaping and blames black market products for health issues and deaths that have occurred among e-cigarette users.
Cuomo said in his State of the State address last week that he wants new state laws that restrict vaping. State Sen. Anna Kaplan, of Great Neck, is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine within 500 feet of a school or park.
Separately, Nassau County has a ban on all e-cigarettes that are not tobacco, menthol or mint flavored. It's not clear if the judge's ruling will have any effect on the county ban.
- Bellone says there are 3,385 positive COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County and the trajectory is going up.
- As of Thursday night, there are 696 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the county.As of Thursday night, there are 696 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the county.
- Gov. Cuomo says there are now 44,635 cases of coronavirus cases statewide, with 519 deaths.Gov. Cuomo says there are now 44,635 cases of coronavirus cases statewide, with 519 deaths.
- An East Rockaway couple had to change their wedding plans because of the coronavirus pandemic. But they still tied the knot, and their friends still found a way to send well wishes.
- As the coronavirus spreads and public gatherings are restricted, more people are turning to the internet to stay virtually connected with friends and family.
- Whatever the reason is, News 12 wants to see photos of what you're doing to keep busy during the coronavirus pandemic.
- From doctors and nurses to firefighters and police officers. From grocery store workers to news media and beyond. There are many who work hard to keep things running, keep us informed and keep us safe.
- As people work from home and avoid large gatherings, areas that are normally packed with people have suddenly become nearly vacant.
- These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
A guide to the national park sites and trails on Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley.