Sheep Alert: Manhattan Dem wants to ‘copycat’ flavor ban on vaping
First it was San Francisco, and now a political official from Manhattan, New York, wants to implement a flavor ban on e-cigs in a thinly disguised attempt to curb teen smoking. Where these lawmakers are getting their vaping information is a complete and utter mystery, especially since the CDC has all but outright confirmed that vaping is not a gateway to smoking, for teenagers or anyone else.
In June of 2017, the CDC issued a report entitled Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2016 with statistics showing that both vaping and smoking rates among college age students is on the decline. In fact, teen vaping dropped dramatically from 16 percent to a mere 11.3 percent from 2015 to 2016 alone.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) still hasn’t received the CDC memo.
“That kind of product is meant to appeal to kids…I don’t know many adults who would like to inhale bubble gum or strawberry vapor.”
Of course, statements such as Rosenthal’s are complete fiction. And Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association is all too happy to call out the New York Democrat by arguing that flavored e-liquids help smokers “disconnect themselves” from the tobacco taste of combustible cigarettes.
“This is yet another attempt by Assemblywoman Rosenthal to shut down and leave unemployed the owners and employees of hundreds of vapor product retail small businesses throughout New York,” stated Conley to the New York Daily News.
But Rosenthal is in good company. New York boasts some of the most ill-informed, anti-vaping politicians in the country, perhaps superseded only by those on the west coast. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a very vocal supporter of the controversial FDA deeming regulations that threaten to bankrupt the entire American vaping industry by 2022. Yet, strangely, Schumer seems to support the notion of legalized marijuana.
But San Francisco and Manhattan are not the only local municipalities to jump on the flavor ban bandwagon. Oakland, San Leandro, and Contra Costa County, California also have similar legislation in the works. And just last week, the uber-liberal City of Berkeley announced plans to introduce a flavor ban of its own. Meanwhile, Richmond, California, is not only considering a flavor ban, it might even raise the legal smoking age to 21, according to the Richmond Standard.
Vaping flavor bans are spreading like wildfire
Almost immediately after the San Francisco announcement this summer, a new vaping advocacy group sprang into action. Supported by the famous NotBlowingSmoke.org, the Let’s Be Real, San Francisco (LBRSF) organization was born with a single, primary objective – to overturn the vape ban by a ballot initiative referendum. After acquiring an astonishing 34,000 petition signatures, voters now have their chance to revoke the flavor ban next June.
But the damage may already be done. As goes San Francisco, apparently so goes the nation. With Manhattan now joining the battle to ban flavored e-liquids citywide, one can only wonder: Is a flavor ban on e-liquids heading to your neck of the woods next?
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