ECigIntelligence - Politican proposes banning cherry and orange in Big Apple
ECigIntelligence - The tempestuous relationship between New York City and e-cigarettes is continuing with the introduction of a bill that would ban flavoured e-cigs and e-liquids.
Democratic city council member Costa Constantinides has put INT 488 before the city government. If passed, the bill would prohibit the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and e-liquids within the city limits.
It would make e-cigarette flavours the equivalent of those in tobacco from a regulatory perspective, meaning that varieties such as strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, liquorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry and coffee would no longer be available.
The city has previously passed a ban on use of e-cigarettes in areas where using conventional tobacco is prohibited. This includes bars, restaurants and other public places such as beaches, parks and public golf courses.
The Constantinides bill draws upon a line of reasoning common to most proposed flavour bans in other parts of the world: drastically reducing the range of flavours would prevent children from being attracted to vaping, becoming addicted to nicotine and thus, potentially, becoming smokers later on in life.
“Flavoured e-cigarettes create another avenue that tobacco companies are using to entice children and teenagers into using this potentially dangerous product. The e-cigarette industry has openly admitted that they are not in the tobacco cessation business,” said Constantinides.
Thus far, no flavour ban on e-liquids and e-cigarettes has successfully been introduced in the U.S., and it is not currently being considered as part of the national regulatory regime for e-cigs outlined by the deeming regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
– Freddie Dawson ECigIntelligence staff
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