ROME,N.Y.-- The statements made by the Governor on Sunday are still leaving some vape store owners in shock. The Governor announced in a press conference that he wanted to ban Flavored E-Cigarettes.
The emergency regulations proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday could take effect Tuesday when they go before a state health council for a vote. Stores will have two weeks to remove the items from their shelves.
Honestly, the flavored market is massive, that's mainly what we are selling. We don't want to be shut down for something that is helping people. If it came down to where they would shut our stores down, we would completely go out of business, thats all of our markets," said Savannah Martin, Employee at Adirondack Vaping.
The Governor said that its the lack of research of the long term effects of the product that are the cause for concern.
"We do not know the long term health effects of the use of this product. Why? Because there has been no long term study. So, no one can sit here and say long term use of vaping, where you are inhaling steam and chemicals deep into your lungs, is healthy," said Governor Cuomo.
It comes after hundreds of people were sickened by lung illnesses related to electronic cigarette use.
President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Cuomo said New York's emergency ban is justified because the state can't wait for federal action.
Martin tells NEWSChannel 2 that the products made for their store are completely clean and safe to use.
The ban would not impact menthol- or tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.