ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.
The order issued Thursday gives the court time to consider the vaping industry’s lawsuit to block the ban.
It comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes.
Full statement from New York State Health Commissioner. Dr. Howard Zucker:
“It is undeniable that the vaping industry is using flavored e-cigarettes to get young people hooked on potentially dangerous and deadly products. While the court’s ruling temporarily delays our scheduled enforcement of this ban, it will not deter us from using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis. Make no mistake: this is a public health emergency that demands immediate action to help ensure the wellbeing of our children, and we’re confident that once the court hears our argument they will agree.”
This announcement also comes the same day Sen. Chuck Schumer stopped by Little Falls Thursday to discuss his plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
Schumer says it’s a two-prong plan that would ban vape flavors targeting children, and launch a national awareness campaign.
“You shouldn't be able to sell bad things to make money. Plain and simple…and I'm sure they can do many other different things, but the vaping, the consequences and the harm exceeds any benefit,” said Schumer.
Schumer is asking lawmakers nationwide to pass the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids, or SAFE Kids Act, which would ban the use of any artificial flavor, natural flavor, herb or spice in e-cigarettes.
Supporters of a ban, such as the American Cancer Society’s advocacy group, say kids are getting addicted to e-cigarettes.
But critics, including the Vapor Technology Association, say the prohibitions are governmental overreach.
New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the court’s decision won’t deter officials from addressing the “public health emergency.”
States such as Michigan and Rhode Island have moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
President Trump has proposed a federal ban.
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