As the number of high school students using e-cigarettes nationwide has climbed to nearly 30%, it has become more and more clear that e-cigarettes are an addiction epidemic among teens we can’t afford to ignore any longer. Which is why last week I introduced legislation to make New York the first big city in America to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
One of the tools the industry has used to lure teenagers is by selling candy flavors like chocolate mint, blueberry, or cherry crush. Flavored smoking products disproportionately attract younger consumers, which is why New York City long-ago banned flavored tobacco.
It’s time we did the same for e-cigarettes.
A recent report by the State Health Department showed vaping among high school students has skyrocketed 160 percent in four years–from 10.4% in 2014 to 27.4% in 2018, mostly driven by flavor sales. It’s no secret that the teen years are critical for brain development. Teens who use nicotine products in any form, especially flavored e-cigarettes which often have higher levels of nicotine, are uniquely at risk for long-lasting effects into adulthood.
January 30th at 1pm, I will be chairing a hearing on this crucial legislation at City Hall. Will you join us to show your support for a ban on the sale flavored e-cigarettes?