Following a series of vaping-related illnesses associated with least six associated deaths, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he is seeking emergency ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, statewide.
Last week, the White House announced last week it would seek a similar ban of flavored tobacco from the market and the Food and Drug Administration gave a separate warning to e-cigarette maker Juul that it could remove its products if it finds the company is marketing to children or portraying its products as completely safe alternatives to traditional cigarettes.
According to a New York Times report, Gov. Cuomo told reporters at a presser from his midtown Manhattan offices that he wants New York to become the second state, after Michigan, to ban flavored e-cigarettes, saying that the state is now facing a “health crisis.”
“Vaping is dangerous, period,” Cuomo said. “No one can say long-term use of vaping—where you’re inhaling steam and chemicals deep into your lungs—is healthy.”
Although it is unclear how exactly the 450 reported cases of pulmonary distress and six deaths linked to vaping occurred, the CDC did find that marijuana products containing large amounts of vitamin E acetate were involved causing inflammation and lung problems.
Cuomo’s plan would involve the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council. Cuomo plans to meet with the Council and issue the ban effective immediately.
Watch Gov. Cuomo’s full announcement below: