Any ban would be damaging not only to e-cigarette manufacturers but also to the state. The NYS Vapor Association estimates that New York has close to 700 vape shops that carry e-cigarettes. These vape shops account for 2,700 jobs which could be threatened if the state bans flavored products. While a plan has been submitted with proposed regulations, it was soon retracted and submitted through another round of legal review. Officials plan to resubmit it and the office of Gov. Cuomo indicated he is committed to getting it approved.
Anti-tobacco groups have praised the proposed regulations, saying that it addresses a serious problem that requires urgent attention. They would like the ban to be pushed further though and apply to more flavored tobacco products, including cigars and menthol cigarettes.
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