The governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced on Sunday the ban on electronic cigarettes with flavors, in an attempt to combat the increase in the consumption of vaping products among young people.Cuomo, which has issued an executive order has also ordered security forces to redouble their efforts to stop the sale of these products to young people and minors. The minimum age for smoking in New York is 21 years.
In addition, he has advanced that he will prepare a new legislation to combat the deceptive advertising of electronic cigarettes aimed at young people and children. The manufacturers of electronic cigarettes flavored with fruits and sweet flavors are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people and today we are taking steps to put an end to this. At the same time, unscrupulous stores are consciously selling steaming products to minors, said the governor.
This announcement follows the launch, on Friday, of an educational program on steaming and the issuance of another executive order to expand school programs and marketing campaigns aimed at reducing tobacco consumption, to include electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid
According to the state of New York, while the smoking rate among high school students dropped from 27.1% in 2000 to their lowest record of 4.3% in 2016, aggressive marketing promoting electronic cigarettes With flavor, that trend is changing. He warns that the state Department of Health has received 56 reports from doctors of serious lung diseases in patients between 15 and 46 years.
About 40% of senior high school students and 27% of high school students in this state are using electronic cigarettes. The state also emphasizes that in 2018, 27.4% of high school students used electronic cigarettes, 160% more than in 2014, when it was 10.5 percent.
These actions coincide with a report published by the New York City Department of Health that warns of the increase in the consumption of electronic cigarettes in schools and that these vaping products threaten to end decades of progress in the fight against Nicotine consumption among the youngest.
According to the report, in 2018, 2.6% of 11 and 12 year old students claimed to have smoked at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey. A percentage that increases to 9% in seventh grade students and 8.4% in eighth grade students.