Vaping organizations sue State, research continues at UR Medical Center

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UR Medical says more potentially harmful ingredients identified

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) Unlawful. That’s what the Vapor Technology Association and two major suppliers are saying on the state ban on flavored e-cigarettes. They are asking the court to put the ban on hold while the case is litigated.

The first complaint was that it didn’t go through the state legislature.
“Their second claim was the rapid way this was passed. One day’s notice,” lawyer Alan Knauf of Knauf Shaw Law Offices said.

Knauf says in the complaint, a big highlight was illegal THC cartridges that contain Vitamin E. The State Vapor Association and others say that’s what’s causing the deaths and health issues, not the regulated vaping flavors in stores. 

“It’s irrational to make this fast move without a scientific basis and basically shut down all these shops,” Knauf said while phrasing the complaint.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, they are getting down to the science behind the harmful effects of vaping. The idea that dangerous ingredients are only in illegal vaping products is being put to the test.

“(Vaping products) contain various chemicals, and there are hundreds of chemicals, and they are nasty chemicals,” Dr. Irfan Rahman, a pulmonologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center, said.

Rahman said they’re well aware of the Vitamin E components in some of the products; he says they clog up airways.

“It’s like a ‘bacon greasy stuff’ in the lungs,” Rahman said.

Rahman said they’ve identified two additional potentially harmful ingredients. What they are will be released in their vaping studies to the state. 

In other studies, the American Lung Association has said that “e-cigarettes are not safe,” but the American Cancer Society has said they’re “likely to be significantly less harmful,” than traditional cigarettes.

Vape supply stores have said to News 8 in the past, one of their major concerns are customers not being able to get vape products, and going right back to cigarettes.

Vic Canastraro, who owns Perfection Vapes and Benevolent E-Liquids, had his first cigarette at nine, and was a pack a day smoker by 12. To kick the habit later in life, vaping was the only way to help. 

“It’s nearly twice as effective as these other programs and products,” says Canastraro. He says the vaping ban is going to get recovering smokers back to cigarettes and if not lifted, guarantee nicotine addiction for years. He supports the lawsuit filed by vaping organizations against the state adding, “We’re going to be forcing people to go back to a product we know kills one out of two people.”

As a pulmonologist, Rahman disapproves of both vaping and cigarettes. With vaping, he says, “It’s just like you’re messing up your lungs with these external oils and devices. They’re not meant for vaping or inhalation in the lungs.”

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