Local vape shops more concerned with NYS proposal vs. federal ban
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The new federal ban on most flavored e-cigarette products aims to curb teen use, but it includes some major exemptions. The Trump Administration's effort to discourage teen e-cig use will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based devices. But at The Vape Flavourium in Horseheads, workers say they're more concerned with New York's more expansive planned ban.
The federal measure still allows menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes to remain on the market.
However, if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal is made law, it would ban the sale of vaping product carrier oils deemed to be a public health risk. It would also authorize the Health Department "to regulate the sale of chemicals used in vaping-related products.
Flavourium Sales Associate Cody Shock says there are other proposals which could be more effective.
"They want to go and ban online sales, which if you go on any vape website it's really not hard to just click the button to say you're over 21 or over 18 and then you get to order it and it gets shipped to your house. So making it so that you would have to come here where we're going to age-verify, check you're ID out the door and making it only in vape shops I think is definitely the right way to go," Shock explains.
The emergency e-cig ban in New York, signed back September, has been stalled in court and has yet to be enforced. As of November, New York now requires anybody purchasing tobacco or e-cigarette products to be 21 or older.
WENY News will continue to follow the impacts of this story, both at the federal level and state level, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address is scheduled for next week.