Updated: September 17, 2019 07:42 PM
Created: September 17, 2019 05:45 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State has become the first state in the nation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
The ban, which also covers nicotine e-liquids, went immediately into effect after a vote on the emergency regulations by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.
Local vape store owners have warned that the ban will drive them out of business. Many of them came out to speak against ban, calling it the wrong approach.
"There's two different situations," said Nathan Swanson. "There's the THC cartridges and vaping. You have to address the one- the THC cartridges- that are linked to deaths, not vaping. It's two separate issues and you guys are totally missing the point."
Others, such as Andrew Ribble, warned that the ban would drive some back to cigarettes.
"The first week that I had my vaporizer, I was was vaping tobacco and I had nothing but the urge to have a cigarette," he said. "I went back in the shop and I said this isn't working for me man. He said try this banana milkshake. I haven't had a cigarette since."
New York's health commissioner says that there have been 71 vaping-related health concerns reported in New York.
The Department of Health will provide retailers with a two-week grace period before they begin to conduct enforcement visits of the flavoring ban on October 4. Retailers who violate the ban will face fines of up to $2,000 per violation.
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