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Governor proposes ban of flavored & methol vaping products & ads

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Karen Dewitt
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WBFO Albany Correspondent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled another of his 2020 State of the State proposals. This time, he supports legislation that would ban flavored nicotine vaping products - including menthol - and vaping ads aimed at youth.

"Vaping is a public health crisis, claiming too many lives and making countless others sick in a short period of time," Cuomo said Sunday. "The problem is made worse by unscrupulous vaping companies who are targeting young people with candy flavored products like Cotton Candy and Bubble-gum and other marketing ploys."

The legislation would codify emergency regulations adopted by state health officials in September to ban flavored e-cigarette sales. That ban is on hold pending a court challenge by the vaping industry led by the Vapor Technology Association.

The legislation he will propose on Jan. 8 will also prohibit online, phone and mail-order sale of e-cigarettes to anyone but registered retailers.