To ban or not to ban? Legislators debate future of e-cigarettes and vaping

Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech

November 05, 2019

Originally published in AM New York on November 05, 2019.

Months into an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, health officials in October 2019 are still looking at a wide range of products and chemicals that might be causing the severe — and sometimes fatal — cases.

The future of e-cigarettes and vaping devices remains unclear after lawmakers heard from school officials, medical experts, business groups and city and state officials during a Nov. 4 hearing in Manhattan.

The hearing, co-sponsored by senate education committee chair state Senator Shelley Mayer and state Senator Kevin Thomas, coincided with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the legal age to purchase any tobacco products in the state will rise from 18 to 21 as of Nov. 13. Recently, a New York court also placed a temporary injunction on a bill banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the Empire State.

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