Vaping is a public health crisis, claiming too many lives and making countless others sick in a short period of time. What's worse is that young people are increasingly vaping at alarming rates.
From 2014 to 2018, youth use of e-cigarettes increased by 160%. Nearly 40% of 12th graders and 27% of high school students are now using e-cigarettes, and one in five believe that they are harmless and not addictive.
However, the recent outbreak in hospitalizations and deaths from e-cigarette use reveals that there is much we do not know about vaping. New York is using every tool at its disposal to help keep children safe and stop them from forming an unhealthy and potentially deadly lifelong addiction.
UPDATE: The enacted FY 2021 Budget bans flavored e-cigarettes and includes Governor Cuomo's other proposals to combat the use of tobacco and nicotine products. Get the full details.
Protecting Youth from Tobacco Products
Vaping in High School
What's Already Been Done?
Recent Actions to Combat Vaping
In November 2019, New York's law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21 went into effect.
In September 2019, New York State implemented a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids.
It would be a tragedy if our successful efforts to combat the tobacco industry were reversed by allowing the vaping industry to get a whole new generation hooked on their products.