New York has become one of the most recent states to join the ban on flavored vape products. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on September 17th after inaccurate reports of vape related lung damage swept through the nation. Although the stories reported that several teens had experienced severe lung damage due to vaping, they failed to mention an important detail: the teens admitted to smoking illegal THC oils that were purchased from black market sellers.
The ban, which is set to begin on October 4th, came as a shock to vapers all over the state. For many former and current smokers, vaping has provided safer alternative to cigarettes and a more effective way to quit.
Government officials see the ban as a way to protect the public, but the real result will actually be the opposite. To get a true idea of how this ban will affect the public, Helen Redmond of Filter Mag sat down with several New York residents who vape. Lilly, one of the women who was interviewed by Redmond, says that she loves vaping because it does not negatively impact her boyfriend’s asthma unlike traditional cigarettes.
Others feel that vaping is being wrongfully attacked and decisions are being made without all of the facts. Afterall, several studies have shown that vaping is less harmful than smoking and that it is a very useful tool for helping smokers quit.
A New York vape shop owner, Spike Babian, says that several customers have told her they plan to start smoking now that flavored vape products are unavailable. Another shop owner who chose not to be named, also noted that black market sales will likely increase due to this ban.
Since smoking is responsible for nearly half a million deaths each year in the United States, it goes without saying that a decision that results in people choosing to smoke could create a health crisis.
Watch footage from Helen Redmond’s interview to learn more about this ban will affect New York vapers.