NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State's ban on flavored e-cigarettes and sale of tobacco products in pharmacies took effect Monday.
According to the New York State Department of Health, the bans are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy, which were included in the recent budget.
“The ban on flavored nicotine vapor products will protect our children, who, thanks to the tobacco industry’s marketing efforts, have been using vaping products at alarming rates,” said New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “Starting today, we will no longer permit Big Tobacco to target young New Yorkers for a lifetime of nicotine addiction."
The ban does not include flavorless and tobacco flavored e-cigarette products, as well as products that are approved by the FDA.