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New York bans use of flavoured e-cigarettes

By Ramla Soni

The ban however does not include that of the flavour tobacco

New York’s city council has approved a ban on non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes, making it the largest US city to do so.

The city council has voted unanimously in favour of the legislation. Of the council’s 51 members, 31 signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. Ultimately, the bill passed in a vote of 42 to 2, in a move designed to lure kids away from flavoured products.

In a tweet city council health committee chair Mark Levine said: “No longer will kids in this city be lured into nicotine addiction by the easy availability of flavoured vapes.”

However, the tobacco flavour is not included in the ban and will remain on shop shelves.

According to the latest numbers from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2,200 people have been treated for vaping-related illnesses in the US and 47 deaths have been confirmed in 25 states and the District of Columbia as of November 20, 2019.

The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed his support for the bill.

He said: “I am certain there are some people who benefit, but the problem we have is that we know that these flavours are being used to systematically hook children and we know people are using other products and we know we have a health crisis now. So the goal here is, once you realise that something is backfiring, you have to act.”

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