City Councilman Mark Levine will introduce legislation to ban the sale of candy-flavored e-cigarettes, he told the Daily News, in an effort to curb its growing use by teens.
The ban would target nicotine liquids sold in flavors like mango and watermelon by popular companies like Juul, which markets them as “pods.” The amount of teenagers who vape has skyrocketed in the last year, according to reports.
“Use of e-cigarettes among teenagers is reaching epidemic proportions,” Levine, chair of the council’s health committee, said. “This has potentially lifelong health consequences— nicotine is highly addictive and a difficult habit to kick.”
Levine said flavored e-cigarettes were an easy entry point for young people.
“One of the tools that the industry has used to draw in young people is fruity and candyish flavors, like chocolate mint, blueberry, or cherry crush, that make it more enticing,” he said. “We have banned flavored tobacco in New York City precisely for this reason, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.”
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