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April 3, 2020

New York Bans Flavored Vaping Products With No Public Debate

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that will outlaw sales of flavored vaping products (except tobacco), and prohibit online sales of all vaping products. The bill was part of the larger budget bill that keeps the state running, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it into law immediately.

The state did not ban menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars—just vapor products.

The ban was passed with no public debate. As we reported earlier this week, the legislators mostly met by video conference. The online sales ban and a loophole that will favor JUUL and products made by tobacco companies were added with no opportunity for comment by citizens.

The law includes an exemption for flavored products approved for sale by the FDA through its Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA) process. That was included after lobbying by either JUUL Labs or the tobacco companies that sell e-cigarettes (Reynolds, Japan Tobacco, Imperial). No vaping products have been approved by the FDA yet, and it isn’t known if the FDA will approve any flavored products.

The flavor ban will take effect 45 days after the governor signs it. The other parts of the law are effective July 1. They include:

  • Online sales of all vaping products are banned
  • Pharmacies are no longer allowed to sell any nicotine-containing product except FDA-approved cessation products
  • Coupons for vaping and tobacco products are banned
  • Manufacturers must post ingredient lists and detailed technical information about e-liquid and vapor constituents (this doesn’t apply to smoked tobacco products)

More than 10 percent of all U.S. residents will be prohibited from buying flavored vaping products when New York’s ban takes effect. New York will become the fourth state to ban flavors. Massachusetts prohibited all flavored products last November. New Jersey passed its ban in January, and Rhode Island followed last week. New York City passed a ban in December, but the new state law will take effect before the city’s. San Francisco was the first city to ban flavors, and then banned all vaping products last year. Many other California cities have passed bans on flavors or on all vaping products.

The flavor ban was proposed by the governor, who has earned national attention for his management of the terrible coronavirus epidemic in New York, has been a longtime opponent of vaping. He has supported flavor ban proposals in previous legislative sessions, but vaping consumers and business owners have successfully fought every attempt to ban flavors until now, when it was done during the cover of night with no opportunity to register opposition.

Last fall, Cuomo directed the state health department to impose an emergency ban of flavored vaping products. That action that was first put on hold by the courts, and eventually struck down entirely.

As trade organizations and advocates study the law, consider options and plot strategy, it’s important for vaping consumers to contact Gov. Cuomo and register their anger and disgust—not just with the ban itself, but with the process that silenced vapers’ voices. CASAA has issued a call to action that puts the governor just a click away.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy
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Thomas Early
Thomas Early
5 months ago

I know this is about NY but the flavor ban just went into effect here in NJ as well. I’m 66 years old and don’t need some government bureaucrat telling me what flavors I can purchase. I have been looking for a list of all the politicians in NJ who voted in favor of this ban so I can at least vote against them but that has been hard to come by. I was a smoker who switched to vaping about 10 years ago and it probably saved my life. I absolutely hate what they did here. It’s shades of… Read more »

Charles Weinberg
Charles Weinberg
16 days ago
Reply to  Thomas Early

Cuomo needs to be prosecuted for premeditated mass murder for those nursing home deaths. He owns that.

Charles Weinberg
Charles Weinberg
16 days ago

Awaiting moderation for THAT? I’m wasting my time here. Goodbye.

Ed B
Ed B
6 months ago

Tha God Andrew Cuumo does not want to run for president.We would really be screwed then

Andrey Janishewskiy
Andrey Janishewskiy
6 months ago

At that time, as the New York to combat the epidemic Covid-19 politician are pushing the situation and its own laws in place to combat the epidemic.
Shame!

NJD
NJD
24 days ago

I know lets ban alcohol and caffeine products next and make NY a better state for it. Then we can take out all carbonated drinks because of CO2. I hope Andrew Cuomo gets a Nobel peace prize for it.

alcab
alcab
6 months ago

NY vapers need to band together and push for the same for all tobacco products. All this is showing that their decisions are influenced by money. Period.

Charles Weinberg
Charles Weinberg
16 days ago
Reply to  alcab

And politics.

Charles Weinberg
Charles Weinberg
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

That was the old America. In this new America, it’s whatever the idiots in power deem it to be. How are you liking our new way of life that they suddenly deemed upon us with no discussion? I think we will have to remove these ‘people’ by force, and very soon. I’ll bet you won’t even get to read this.

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