MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County officials are pushing to ban the sale of flavored vaping products to curb teen vaping rates.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, the Town of Hempstead will likely become the first municipality on Long Island to ban the sale of the flavored vaping products, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran hopes other towns follow suit.
“We know that they’re being marketed to children because of the flavors. Things like cotton candy, banana strawberry, Oreo flavor, you know, clearly this is not meant for grownups who are already smokers,” she said. “It’s meant to attract young people.”
Curran says, in the last month, there were 215 cases of severe lung damage caused by vaping across the country.
“You don’t know what it is that you’re breathing in – formaldehyde, all of these other chemicals that are in this” Curran said. “It’s poison.”
Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also recommended that people who vape consider avoiding e-cigarettes while they continue to investigate the illness.
It’s believed that the illness is linked to some vaping products that have been found to contain potentially harmful substances, including flavoring chemicals and oils used for vaping marijuana.