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Executive action banning sale of flavored e-cigarettes announced

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:14:05-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday an executive action to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker will hold an emergency meeting this week to ban the flavored e-cigarettes.

New York State police will also partner with the DOH to conduct undercover investigations across the state.

New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency. Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we're taking action to put an end to it. At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth - those retailers are now on notice that we are ramping up enforcement and they will be caught and prosecuted.
Governor Cuomo

Earlier this week the New York State Department of Health issued guidance urging New Yorkers to stop vaping until a further investigation into vaping-related illness is complete.

Also earlier this week President Donald Trump announced the US Food and Drug Administration would be putting out recommendations regarding the use of flavored e-cigarettes soon.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued a six-month moratorium on the opening of new vape shops in the city of Buffalo recently.