North Hempstead, N.Y., is considering the proposal to pass a law prohibiting e-cigarette sales to customers younger than 21.
The proposed law is sponsored by Judi Bosworth, Town Supervisor, and will be discussed at a Nov. 15 public hearing. According to Bosworth, it is an ideal solution to the problem of protecting the youth of North Hempstead from the negative health effects of smoking.
“By restricting the sale itself, instead of just regulating the ads, we will protect the health of our children,” Bosworth told the town officials at a recent board meeting. “Regardless of the location of the store selling cigarettes or the color of the ads.”
Although the town recently rejected a proposed law banning colorful e-cigarette advertisements, it still intends to tighten up on e-cigarette laws. Last August, the town voted in favor of restricting vaping stores and hookah bars to industrial and business districts.
Both New York City and Suffolk County have banned the sale of e-cigarettes and all tobacco products to customers younger than 21. Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio was glad to see the new proposed law considered. “The children of North Hempstead are the most important thing,” De Giorgio said. “Protecting them is our goal.”
E-cigarette liquids have been found to contain carcinogenic compounds such as diacetyl and formaldehyde. Diacetyl is a chemical flavoring that is added to many food products and vaping liquids to mimic the creamy taste of butter. It has been linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, a lung disease also referred to as “popcorn lung” for the microwave popcorn factory workers that were diagnosed with the disease in the early 2000s. The only treatment for the incurable disease is lung transplant.