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Poll says New Yorkers see serious health threat in vaping

The vast majority of New Yorkers say vaping is a serious threat to public health, while more than half support a ban on flavored e-cigarette tobacco, a Siena College poll released Monday found.

The poll was released amid a court battle over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarette tobacco products in New York, a push that received a setback last week when a court delayed the executive order from taking effect as a lawsuit backed by the vaping industry is being considered.

Cuomo moved to ban flavored vaping products after a serious illnesses believed to be linked to e-cigarettes alarmed public health officials.

New York lawmakers are expected next year to consider a raft of anti-vaping legislation, including limits to how companies can target younger consumers.

The poll found a combined 78 percent believe vaping is either a serious or very serious public health concern, while 61 percent support Cuomo’s executive action to ban flavored tobacco sales in the state.

A narrower majority, 52 percent, back banning all e-cigarette and vaping device sales, while 74 percent support raising the age in New York purchase nicotine products including vaping and e-cigarette products to 21.

Twelve percent of New Yorkers polled say they vape on a regular basis.

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