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Local college students react to flavored e-cigarette ban

(WBNG) — College students in our area say vaping is popular among their peers, but now New York State is hoping to crack down on it, announcing an executive action to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

“We’re taking action,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We would ban all flavors besides tobacco and menthol.”

This action, as flavored e-liquids are among the most popular vape products.

“I remember back when I was in high school, mango flavors were the most popular and everyone had it, and it tasted good, it was enjoyable. I think if people, if there were just tobacco flavors or more adverse flavors that kids won’t enjoy as much, it would definitely do a lot to lesser the impact on the youth,” said Binghamton University junior Dan Frankel.

“A lot of kids, they won’t go for the typical tobacco flavor, they’ll go for something like mint or mango, or something that makes it more accessible and fun,” sophomore Vikrant Vakshi.

But the uncertainty of these products is why some say the ban is a good thing.

“We do not know the long-term health effects of the use of this product,” said Governor Cuomo.

“A lot of kids like using it for the flavors, I feel like if you limit flavors, a lot less people might use it,” said freshman Dan Karp.

Other young adults say, the ban simply won’t be effective.

“At the end of the day, if you’re gonna try and vape, you’re gonna figure out a way to vape, just like any other thing you find your way to do, because you get what you want,” said sophomore Ariella Yahoudaee.

“I think people will still be able to get them no matter what, illegally probably,” said freshman Luke Scher.

Some people are suggesting those who want to vape, would just have to take an extra step to get the products.

“It is a little bit more expensive in Pennsylvania due to like a 46% wholesale tax. But yeah I think most people will just go to Pennsylvania or they’ll buy black market e-liquids,” said Vapor King store manager Jake Severson.

Cuomo says the ban could go into effect within two weeks.

As part of the executive action, the state will also be cracking down on retailers selling vape products to underage youth, through undercover investigations.

Annie Flaherty

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