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A judge has blocked New York State from enforcing an executive order banning flavored vaping products, but advocates say they will continue to lobby the state legislature to prevent sales.

A new ban on the promotion of vaping products in Ontario is now in effect for convenience stores and gas stations. The regulations were announced by the Ontario government several months ago to try to stem the increase in vaping among young people.

Karen Dewitt / 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.

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New York’s Attorney General is suing Juul, the nation’s largest manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, saying the “deceptive and misleading marketing of its e-cigarettes” has contributed to the youth vaping epidemic in New York State.


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New York is still grappling with the surge of cases of serious health problems associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Across the state, the most recent figures list 182 cases of vaping-related illness: some definite, some under investigation.

New York has now raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 years old, from 18.

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Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center published new guidance Friday for doctors looking to diagnose lung injuries caused by vaping.

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The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania met Thursday in New York City to try to hash out a multi-state approach to legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana.

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs announced Thursday it will suspend sales of most of its flavored products, including mango, fruit and cucumber. These types of flavors are considered an on-ramp to vaping for teenagers.

The move comes as the industry faces immense scrutiny. Several states have instituted bans on flavored products, and the Trump administration has signaled that a federal ban may be in the works.

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New York has now reported the first death related to an epidemic of vaping-related illnesses, with the state health department saying the male victim is a 17-year-old from the Bronx. 


The New York State Health Department has decided to put off a ban on menthol-flavored nicotine vaping products until a court case challenging an earlier ban on other flavored e-cigarettes is resolved. 

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More than half of New Yorkers, 61%, according to the latest Siena Research Institute poll, support the emergency executive order banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Institute Director Don Levy says a majority of New Yorkers feel vaping is a serious public health issue.
    

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A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

Vaping still safer than tobacco, says Smokers' Quitline

Sep 30, 2019
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As an outbreak of severe lung disease and deaths among users of electronic cigarettes continues to spread to new patients and states, many may be wondering if the products are safe, especially smokers who may use e-cigarettes to get off tobacco. Andrew Hyland, chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, says "yes, but...."

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New York’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes could soon be extended to menthol e-cigarettes. 

Karen DeWitt

New York’s Health Department Public Health Council voted to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the state beginning Oct. 4. They did so over the protests of vape shop owners, who say they are helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes and that they will lose their businesses when the ban takes effect.


Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The vaping industry is reacting to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming ban on flavored e-cigarettes, saying that it is misguided and will force many small-business owners to close their shops and lay off employees. Some are predicting legal action.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to direct his health department to ban all flavored electronic cigarettes, in response to a vaping heath emergency that has sickened hundreds and killed six people.


There’s new scrutiny on vaping products of all kinds, as the number of New Yorkers sickened with a disease that is so far related to some black-market marijuana vaping products has now risen to 60. Hundreds of people across the United States have been sickened, and six have died.


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The serious lung disease blamed on vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes has hit Western New York and research scientists are racing to figure out what's going on.


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Buffalo lawmakers are considering a six-month moratorium on the opening of new vape shops, the stores that sell e-cigarettes and supplies.

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Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are using robot smoking machines from back in the day for a new use.

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Erie County lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, whose chairman vows to pass legislation that "gets it right" on limiting e-cigarette access by minors, heard from educators who shared concerns including what they believe is a blatant effort to market them to young people.

The Democratic-led New York State Legislature is set for a big week. Action is planned on Monday to implement early voting in the state and on Tuesday to grant more civil rights to transgender New Yorkers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also will release his budget proposal.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County lawmakers are considering ways they may regulate electronic cigarettes, in order to keep them away from the hands of minors. On Thursday in downtown Buffalo, members of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from experts and advocates who say vaping is not a safer alternative to traditional tobacco. They also explained how vaping is being marketed to young people.

The truth about flavored e-cigarettes focus of $19M study

Sep 24, 2018
National Public Radio

What role does flavor play in e-cigarettes? How does it impact our health and our behavior? Those are a couple of the questions researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Rochester Medical Center will be investigating over the next five years thanks to a $19 million federal grant.

FDA's e-cigarette crackdown hits three local retailers

Sep 13, 2018
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Federal officials called it a blitz — “the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history” in response to concerns that e-cigarette use has become an “epidemic” among youths.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes.

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