NEW CITY – State Senator David Carlucci (D, New City) announced Tuesday that he will sponsor legislation in the next session to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
“Hundreds of people have been sickened by a severe lung illness linked to vaping, and some have even died,” he said. “We do not know what is causing this outbreak, and meanwhile flavored vape products are marketed to children and teens. This is about protecting lives and lawmakers taking a ban on flavored vape products seriously in Albany.”
The State Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette products.
At least 450 people, mostly in their teens and 20s, suffered the lung illness and at least five have died.
In New York, 41 people have fallen sick, and the state health commissioner issued a warning urging people to stop using all vape products.
Governor Cuomo said on Monday that he would like to see flavored vape products banned in New York.