Court Temporarily Blocks New York’s Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A state appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked New York from beginning its new ban on the sales of flavored e-cigarette products.

The order will allow the court to have more time to consider a lawsuit by the vaping industry attempting to block the ban.

New York’s ban of flavored vaping products was scheduled to begin Oct. 4 statewide. The ban was expected to remain in effect for up to 90 days.

Supporters of the ban said it would save lives and prevent children and teenagers from developing nicotine addictions at such a young age.

However, critics claimed the flavors were never meant to be targeted towards children and saved lives by helping cigarette smokers quick tobacco.

New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the decision will not stop officials from addressing the “public health emergency.”

The temporary block comes on the same day that federal health officials announced that number of vaping-related illnesses had reached over 1,000 nationwide, with 18 confirmed deaths.

State such as Michigan, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have also moved to ban the sale of flavored vaping products.

President Donald Trump over the summer also said the government would consider a federal ban.