NYC Flavor Ban Passes as Vapers Throw Money at the Council

NYC Flavor Ban Passes as Vapers Throw Money at the Council

As expected, the New York City Council approved a ban on flavored vaping products this afternoon, by a vote of 42-2. The law will take effect in about six months.

Vaping advocates threw cash from the balcony at City Hall after the vote was taken. One person shouted, “Big tobacco thanks you!” as bills rained down on the politicians.

The city will now become the largest political entity in the United States to ban flavors. There are 8.6 million residents in New York City, versus 6.9 million in Massachusetts, which passed a ban last week. The largest city till now to pass a ban was San Francisco.

 

The bill that passed did not include a ban on menthol cigarettes. That section was stripped from the bill last week. Mayor Bill DiBlasio has already indicated he will sign the bill into law.

“With this vote, the City Council is moving to ban the fruity, minty, candy-like flavors of e-cigarettes which were clearly designed to appeal to young people in the first place,” said City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine, who sponsored the legislation.

Drug Policy Alliance founder and vaping advocate Ethan Nadelmann warned DiBlasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson this morning in a tweet that New York ban reminded him of the “rush to enact counterproductive drugwar laws in the 80’s,” and that they are “heading down a slippery slope to prohibition disaster.”

Black market cigarette sales in New York account half of the market. Now the city will deal with yet another illegal product, as vapers are forced to break the law to avoid smoking.

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Comments

Devan Barnett - December 10, 2019

This is outrageous. My parents smoked cigarettes for a while,my uncle died from it, and my grandma had open heart surgery because of it. Cigarettes are horrible and without vaping my parents would still be smoking. I got them into zero nicotine vaping so it affects them WAY less than cigs. What will people do when they’re ALREADY hooked from cigs and they’re trying to stop it and vape instead. It’s a dead end and it doesn’t have to be! Another thing is people will always find a way. It just sucks now that people have to break the law to quit their addiction or to find a better alternative. As someone who has researched, observed, and even helped in the making of vape juices I know for a fact the flavors are not (most of the time) made to attract children. It’s because the original taste of vape juice is very gross. If you’re going to ban vape juices, what about flavored cigars? Cigarettes? Why can they stay? This is unjust and the citizens against the ban need to know they can stand up for themselves even if it seems insane, who cares? Many things in the past seemed insane but people knew what was right and fought for it, which led to a better world.

Mad Scientist - November 29, 2019

The states in this union need to rethink their views as prohibition doesn’t work and neither does 13.5 million insanely angry residents!

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