Acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly denied the vaping industry’s request to delay an emergency ban on flavored e-cigarette sales in New York.
On Friday, Connolly said he would not issue a temporary restraining order on the regulations approved on Sept. 17 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The 90-day emergency regulations ban possession, manufacturing, distribution and sale of all vaping flavors except tobacco and menthol. The ban must then be extended or passed into law.
Governor Cuomo commended the ruling and said he wants to ban sales of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes as well.
“In addition to the ban on flavored e-cigarettes already in place and after a thorough evaluation, (New York State Health) Commissioner (Dr. Howard) Zucker has recommended a ban on menthol flavored e-cigarettes — I am accepting his recommendation and directing him to hold an emergency meeting to adopt this additional ban at the earliest practicable date,” said Governor Cuomo. “We can’t sit back and wait for the federal government to take action while a whole new generation becomes addicted to nicotine, and this ban on the sale of menthol flavors further enhances our efforts to protect young people from forming dangerous lifelong habits.”