City health committee hears testimony on banning flavored e-cigs

By Jennifer Henderson

The New York City Health Committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a bill that would end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the city.

While e-cigarettes have been lauded as a less harmful tool than their combustible counterparts for adults looking to quit smoking, they have been particularly popular among teens and still contain harmful and addictive chemicals, such as nicotine.

E-cigarettes in a wide variety of youth-friendly flavors–mint chocolate, cherry crush and watermelon twist– are being sold in retailers across the city, City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the council's Committee on Health, said at the hearing.

"We must protect kids from the allure of all those candyish flavors that today are luring so many into addiction," Levine said.

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