Legislators in New York are looking to pass a bill that would ban the sale of flavored e-liquid tobacco products.
Sponsored by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon, Senate Bill S8610 looks to “eliminate the temptation for young people in New York State to try flavored electronic cigarettes and in turn reduce the number of people who become regular users of tobacco products” by prohibiting the sale and distribution of flavored e-liquids used in electronic cigarettes.
If the bill becomes law, individuals who violate the prohibition are subject to a fine of one hundred dollars for each package if flavored e-liquid they sell or offer to sell. Manufacturers are subject to a penalty of up to fifty thousand dollars per brand or style sold or offered for sale. The bill was recently presented to the Health Committee, where it passed with a 14-1 vote. It is expected that the bill will reach the New York Senate for a vote.
This is not the only bill of its kind currently before the NY legislature. Assemblymember Linda Rosenthall sponsored a similar bill seeking to ban the sale of flavored e-liquids in all flavors except for tobacco or menthol. That bill just recently passed the Health Committee, with a 14-12 vote.
States and cities throughout the country are currently considering legislation to ban flavored tobacco products. Last week, voters in San Francisco voted in favor of “Proposition E” which bans the sale of not only flavored e-liquid tobacco products, but also menthol cigarettes, flavored hookah tobacco and flavored cigars.