Lung Association Congratulates New York City for Removing Flavored E-Cigarettes from the Market
American Lung Association Continues to Urge Swift Vote to Prohibit Sale of Menthol Cigarettes in New York City
(December 16, 2019) - New York, New York
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Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that prohibits the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in all five boroughs of New York City. The legislation was passed by the council on November 26, 2019.
American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to Mayor de Blasio for enacting a new meaningful tobacco control reform that will have countless benefits for public health. We know that flavors have been shown to initiate kids to tobacco use, and by removing flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves, New York City is taking a vital step towards addressing the youth vaping epidemic.
“While we celebrate this milestone for New York City, we also recognize that there is more work to be done. We urge the New York City Council to use today’s announcement as a running start towards a comprehensive solution that also removes menthol flavored products from the shelves. The menthol cigarette legislation (Intro 1345) already has support from scores of community groups, elected officials, and faith leaders and by voting it into law, New York City stands to make an even more meaningful impact on the health of New Yorkers.”
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