With vaping increasingly blamed for respiratory illnesses and even deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared an emergency executive action Sunday prohibiting the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes. The ban targets manufacturers Cuomo says are “intentionally and recklessly targeting young people” with fruit and candy flavors. Undercover operations will also make sure retailers comply with the minimum age to purchase nicotine products, which will increase from 18 to 21 in November.
What’s going on elsewhere? The Trump administration is pursuing a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes, while the American Lung Association criticized Cuomo’s decision to exempt menthol-flavored products from the prohibition.