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Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to prepare for a proposed ban on flavored vaping products.

The emergency regulations proposed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday could take effect Tuesday, when they go before a state health council for a vote. Stores will have two weeks to remove the items from their shelves.

Retailers say they believe people sickened by vaping were using black market products, and not the ones they sell.

The ban would not impact menthol- or tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

It comes as health officials investigate hundreds of cases of breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes.

President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Cuomo said New York’s emergency ban is justified because the state can’t wait for federal action.

Associated Press

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