New Jersey is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to help prevent the targeting of youth.
Last Monday, an Assembly committee advanced the ban, as well as approving a bill that prevents coupons and promotional offers from being used to purchase tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) devices and/or products.
Assemblyman Herb Conway Jr., a physician, advised that purpose of the ban is to keep the flavored e-cigarettes, such as Gummy Bear and Tutti Fruitty, from attracting youth, which has potential of starting a nicotine habit through ENDS products.
Although New Jersey law does not prohibit the sale or distribution of e-cigarettes and e-liquid, it does prohibit the sale and distribution of cigarettes of any flavor other than tobacco, clove or menthol.
According to a report released by the surgeon general, e-cigarette use among youth is a “major public health concern.” The report states that until age 25, the brain is goes through a tremendous amount of development. Nicotine encourages addiction, which can harm the rapidly developing brain.
The report also states that vaping is dangerous, describing damaging ultrafine particles that are inhaled deep into the lungs. E-cigarettes have also been found to contain diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease such as bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as “popcorn lung.”
“The message from the report is clear,” said Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, in a press briefing. “Nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes, are not safe for youth.” He added that vaping among U.S. youth “went from being rare in 2010 to being the most common tobacco product used [by] kids, teens, and young adults in the U.S., surpassing traditional cigarettes, hookah, and chewing tobacco.”