Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a complete ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York State as soon as next year, as part of an effort to curb e-cig use among minors, the Wall Street Journal reports.
That would make New York the first state to enact such a ban. Unflavored, menthol or tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes would still be allowed.
According to the state health department, nearly 30 percent of New York’s high school students use e-cigarettes.
The report comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also expected to announce several restrictions on e-cigarettes as early as next week. Most flavored e-cigs in convenience stores and gas stations could be banned. But the products would be available in vape and tobacco shops.
The agency also plans to add an age-verification requirement for online sales.