Gov. Cuomo takes another shot at banning flavored vaping products in New York

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a new campaign to ban flavored nicotine vaping products and restrict vaping.

The proposed legislation allows the state Health Department to regulate vaping carrier oils and limit online sales of vaping products. An earlier ban in New York was blocked by a judge, who ruled it wasn't within the governor's authority -- it needed to approval of state lawmakers.

"I've included it in my budget, but one way or the other, by April 1, this has to become law, and there's no excuse for it," says Cuomo. "You're jeopardizing the health of young people."

The campaign also includes a new website calling to the end of vaping with a petition and the hashtag #NOVAPENY

Matt Flax, owner of Vaporville in Hicksville, blames the black market for deaths and illnesses among vaping product users. He says a recent ban on many flavored vaping products in Nassau County shows people will just go elsewhere.

"Business took a tremendous hit ... We can't sell 90% of what we were selling before, and adults are out of their minds," says Flax. "They're flocking to Suffolk County, New York City to get their products."

The plan received a split reaction from those who News 12 spoke to. Some say it goes too far, while others say it's needed to protect young people.

The FDA is banning the sale of fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors for small cartridge-based e-cigarettes. However, menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes can still be sold. 

 

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