The City of New York is considering a ban on vaping flavors with a public hearing set for next week to discuss moving the ordinance forward. Vapers resident in New York have an opportunity to speak at the public hearing on January 30th.
The bill states, “would ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes, and creates an assumption that any retail dealer in possession of four or more flavored electronic cigarettes intends to sell or offer for sale flavored electronic cigarettes.”
As you can imagine, the passage of this ordinance would impact New York vapers and the industry as a whole. There have been multiple surveys that have shown how ex-smokers who have turned to vaping favored fruit and dessert flavored vapes. The ban would prevent smokers from purchasing products in convenient stores and vape stores that’ll greatly reduce usage in the state overnight.
The Health Committee hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on January 30th at New York City Hall (at the center of City Hall Park). It will be preceded by a rally of vapers at City Hall.
It’s important for members of the City Council (especially those on the Health Committee) to hear from residents before the meeting. You can call the committee members and politely register your opposition to Ordinance 3592 (and keep calling after the hearing, since the final vote may not happen for several weeks). Simply explain how flavored vapor products have helped you quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Below are the key members to contact.
Mark Levine: 212-788-7007
Keith Powers: 212-788-7393
Dr. Mathieu Eugene: 718-788-7352
Alicka Ampry-Samuel: 212-788-7387
Inez Barron: 212-788-6957
A rally to oppose the ordinance is being held on the steps of City Hall at 11:30 a.m., hosted by the American Vaping Association, the New York State Vapor Association, and SFATA.
A showing of local vapers is crucial to show opposition to this measure. Like many similar measures across the country this ordinance has the support of public health groups that have opposed vaping for a decade.
With flavor bans already legal in San Francisco and several other cities in California it’s critical to get a win to stop the country from losing additional opportunities to freely use flavored eliquid products.