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New York targets youth-oriented e-cigarette products

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In a bold move to combat the rising trend of vaping among the youth, New York State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at banning e-cigarette products designed to appeal to children. The proposed legislation, spearheaded by State Senator Monica Martinez, seeks to eliminate the sale of vaping products that mimic school supplies, toys, or feature packaging likely to attract minors. This initiative comes in the wake of concerning data from the state Department of Health, which indicated that 18.7% of high school students engaged in vaping activities in 2022.

The legislation also highlights a troubling increase in vaping among middle school students aged 11 to 14. Senator Martinez emphasized the danger of these products in educational environments, stating they could inadvertently normalize vaping and undermine the health and safety of the learning atmosphere. The bill proposes a fine of up to $1,500 for the first offense and escalates to $2,500 for subsequent violations, marking a significant step towards curbing youth vaping.

The bill’s counterpart in the State Assembly is championed by Assemblymember Charles Fall, indicating bipartisan support for the measure. This legislative effort reflects New York’s commitment to safeguarding the health of its younger population and ensuring educational settings remain focused on learning rather than battling the vaping epidemic.