A historic new bill has been signed in New York by Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding the purchase of e-cigarettes and tobacco products this Tuesday. The New York e-cigarette bill has been presented as a bill for the public health of New York in order to prevent more adults and teens from becoming addicted to tobacco products of any kind.
The Significance Of The New York E-Cigarette Bill
The New York e-cigarette bill, formally designated as legislation S.2833/A.558 is intended to “raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
In New York, 88% of adult smokers have told surveyors that they began using tobacco products before age 18. Additionally, the governor’s research has found that 90% of people that buy cigarettes for minors are between 18 and 20. Therefore, the New York e-cigarette bill raised the legal purchasing age to 21 in the hopes that the legislation will prevent underage children from obtaining tobacco products from their friends. With reduced exposure to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, there should be a reduction in the number of youths addicted to tobacco in any form.
The New York e-cigarette bill is the latest in a series of initiatives that build on the Governor’s platform of combatting health threats from tobacco and e-cigarette products. The New York e-cigarette bill will take effect 120 days after being signed into law and will hopefully reduce the 28,000 New Yorker deaths from complications related to smoking. This makes smoking the number one preventable cause of death in New York.
Justifying The New York E-Cigarette Bill
While detractors may argue that e-cigarettes are not intended for children and therefore the legislation will not accomplish much, there are many initiatives in New York legislature intended to curb e-cigarette’s appeal to younger citizens. Senate Bill S8610 has been presented to the New York legislature intending to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarette liquids, and e-cigarette companies like Juul have been punished by the United States Food and Drug Administration for marketing and advertising that targeted minors.
Unfortunately, despite regulatory bodies’ best efforts, more underage youth are smoking now than ever before. In the past four years, the percentage of underage e-cigarette users has more than doubled from 10.5 percent to 27.4 percent. Additionally, more than 50% of teens believe in the myth that e-cigarette use is non-addictive and poses no health danger.
In a statement following the signing of the New York e-cigarette bill, Governor Cuomo stated “New York is taking aggressive action to stamp out smoking among teens and children, but tobacco and e-cigarette use still persists thanks to irresponsible corporate marketing campaigns targeting young people.”
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How The New York E-Cigarette Bill Affects Consumers
The New York e-cigarette bill is the first step in recognizing the dangers and health risks that present in e-cigarettes. With more research, increased legislation, and a watchful eye from the FDA, e-cigarettes may be fully understood. Until that time, whether it be from respiratory complications, cardiac failure, or simply exploding vape pens if you a loved one have been harmed by e-cigarettes, don’t wait. Call Parker Waichman LLP for best representation possible.
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