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Ex-NY Mayor Bloomberg spends $160 million to kill vaping; Cuomo butt-kisses Bloomberg

In recent days, the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has been hitting the news circuit in a desperate attempt to link flavored vapes to an alleged outbreak of mysterious lung ailments.  Even though the bulk of the scientific evidence points toward Black Market THC products as the most likely culprit, Bloomberg remains undeterred.  The presidential wannabe now promises to commit $160 million of his own money to push his life-threatening conspiracy theory forward.

All that money can be a very attractive motivator for Democrats seeking reelection (or perhaps even higher political ambitions) like the current Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.  On Tuesday, his state became the first in the nation to implement Bloomberg’s wish – a total ban on the sales of flavored vapor products.  In a foreboding press release last Sunday, Cuomo issued the following statements.

"New York is confronting this crisis head-on and today we are taking another nation-leading step to combat a public health emergency.  Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we're taking action to put an end to it. At the same time, unscrupulous stores are knowingly selling vaping products to underage youth - those retailers are now on notice that we are ramping up enforcement and they will be caught and prosecuted."

Less than 48-hours after the publication of these remarks, and on the very same day that the Billionaire Bloomberg makes official his multimillion-dollar, so-called-philanthropic proclamation, Governor Cuomo signs an executive order that puts into action a forthcoming flavor ban statewide. With the stroke of a pen, Cuomo completely bypasses the state congress, and by extension, the voters of New York state. 

Michigan, California democratic governors also vie for Bloomberg’s money

Almost a week prior, another Democratic governor, this time from Michigan, issued a similar executive order.  However, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s legally available powers have much stricter limitations than Cuomo’s.  According to state law, her executive orders can only last for six-months with a possibility for a single renewal thereafter.  Regardless, Whitmer’s flavor ban begins within less than thirty days, and its six-month timeframe is just long enough to bankrupt nearly every vape shop in the state

Less than 24-hours prior to the Bloomberg announcement, California Governor Gavin Newsom tells the Los Angeles Times that he would be very willing to follow Cuomo’s lead and implement an executive order of his own, but the state’s constitution strictly forbids it.  Unlike Governor Whitmer, Newsom cannot even implement a six-month ban without congressional approval.

To be successful, Newsom must first gain public support.  He needs to convince Californians that a statewide vaping ban is truly worth the time and effort.  If the general population is not convinced that the issue of teen vaping is an urgently important political hill to die on, then state congressional leaders might be less willing to act.

All of this “convincing” is going to take a lot of money, and Bloomberg has buckets of it to give.  But there’s a catch.  To get the money, these politicians-for-hire must first agree to promote Bloomberg’s anti-vaping nonsense, which will likely send tens of thousands of their constituents back into the deathcamps of Big Tobacco.

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