Judge strikes down flavored vaping ban in NYS

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) – A State Supreme Court Judge has denied the State’s proposed ban on flavored vaping products and flavored e-cigarettes in New York.

In September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to ban flavored vape products in New York.

According to court documents, shortly after the emergency regulation was adopted, the “Vapor Technology Association” and other corporations involved in manufacturing and selling e-liquids sought an injunction to keep the state from enforcing the order.

The ruling, by acting state Supreme Court Judge Catherine Cholakis, stated the negative effects the ban would have on the vaping industry, as noted by many vaping-proponents after the initial ban was announced in September.

Legitimizing the state’s concern about teen vaping, Cholakis added, “Of course nothing in this decision…should be read as in any way trivializing the concern that the availability of flavored e-liquids may well be contributing to the spread of nicotine addiction among our youth.”

However, ultimately, Cholakis decided the ban overstepped the state’s authority and instead should be handled by the Legislature.

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