Vape shops may be exempt from Trump's flavored e-cigarette ban

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland Maine on Aug 28

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland Maine on Aug 28

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the legislation that increases the age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes in New York State.

The law raises the legal age for purchasing these products from 18 to 21, building on the Governor's efforts to combat health threats from tobacco and e-cigarette products.

Young people smoke electronic cigarettes as they rest in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, on August 15, 2019. According to the New York State Department of Health, even as cigarette smoking among high schoolers has plummeted (to a record statewide low of 4.3 percent in 2016), e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: nearly 40 percent of New York 12th graders now "vape", according to the department, and 27 percent of all state high schoolers - a 160 percent increase since 2014.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fingers vaping as the primary culprit in an outbreak of severe lung illnesses resulting in almost three dozen deaths nationally, and climbing.

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Students who took the survey, however, didn't appear to have moved on to traditional cigarettes yet. However, this year's survey noted an all-time low in tobacco smoking among high school students coinciding with the increase in vaping among that demographic.

When it became clear that kids were vaping at an "epidemic proportion", the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil fines to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other products to minors in the summer of 2018, according to a press release issued at the time.

Flavoring is a key youth marketing strategy of the vaping/aerosol industry, just as it is in the cigarette, cigar, and smokeless tobacco markets. The e-cigarette giant Juul stopped selling some of its flavors last month. Of those, mint was by far the most popular. According to the data, mint and mango were ranked first and second, respectively, among 10th and 12th graders, while mango was the most popular among 8th graders, followed by mint.

The company did not respond to a request for comment on the results of the JAMA study. It also did not ask specifically aboutvaping THC, a chemical found in marijuana. And that number could be even higher, the researchers say, since some students may falsely believe that other e-cigarettes are also made by Juul.

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