Governor Cuomo Cracks Down On Flavored E-Cigarettes

Governor Cuomo is moving to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York.

He’s announced emergency executive action that will crack down on retailers who sell vaping products to kids.

"New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency," Governor Cuomo said.

Retailers caught selling tobacco and vaping products to underage people will now face criminal penalties, in addition to civil penalties.

"Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we're taking action to put an end to it. At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth - those retailers are now on notice that we are ramping up enforcement and they will be caught and prosecuted," Cuomo said.

Governor Cuomo previously signed legislation that raises the age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.That takes effect in November.

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