New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to expand the state’s newly implemented ban on flavored e-cigarettes to include menthol.
On Thursday, the Democratic governor directed the state’s health commissioner to convene an emergency meeting as soon as possible to take steps to include menthol in the first-in-the-nation ban to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The ban currently excludes tobacco and menthol flavors.
The announcement comes as one local researcher is leading the nation in studying the effects of flavored e-liquids.
Dr. Irfan Rahman with URMC has been researching e-cigarettes in his lab at the School of Medicine for the better part of a decade. The lab has allowed the scientist to take a closer look at vaping and its effects on the body. A few years ago, Dr. Rahman started looking at the makeup of the flavors.