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Jersey City Council Bans The Sale Of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Patch logo Patch 12/5/2019 Daniel Hubbard
The Jersey City Council voted 8-1 Wednesday to ban the sale of vaping products. © Image via Shutterstock The Jersey City Council voted 8-1 Wednesday to ban the sale of vaping products.

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The city has banned the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes.

The City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that bans the sale of e-cigarettes that use flavored tobacco products.

The legislation was introduced last month. It states that the ban is in the city best interest "in order to protect the health and welfare of the public by reducing the appeal of these products to minors and reduce the likelihood that these minors will become addicted to nicotine."

The ban includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and their accessories. The council voted 8-1. Councilman Richard Boggiano cast the lone dissenting vote. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

"The purpose of this ban specifically targeting the flavored tobacco product is the belief that electronic cigarette companies are targeting young people through candy and fruit-flavored products to lure them into vaping," said Mayor Steven Fulop.

The Centers for Disease Control said e-cigarettes heat liquids, which often contain nicotine and flavors that appeal to kids and young adults like chocolate, fruit, or vanilla.

As of Nov. 20, nearly 2,300 cases of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes or vaping products were reported to the CDC from 49 states, and 47 people have died.

Governor Murphy has called for statewide legislation to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol, in New Jersey. He also created the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force to address the issue of e-cigarette use in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Hospital Association said in November that the state's hospitals are on pace to see nearly 16,000 patients who use e-cigarettes in 2019. The association also reported the beginning of an uptick in hospitalizations where e-cigarette usage is documented between the ages of 11 and 12, and peak e-cigarette use happens between the ages of 18-24. (See related: Startling Details, Cases Skyrocket In Deadly NJ Vaping Outbreak)

"In line with the Governor’s Task Force findings, we want to do our part starting here in Jersey City to help end this epidemic by banning the sale of these seemingly attractive devices," Fulop said.

Email: daniel.hubbard@patch.com

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