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Renewed talks on vaping bans could mean positives and negatives

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Health concerns are the topic of discussion when it comes to vaping and e-cigarettes. What is in these products that has health experts concerned?

"Some of these products that are in electronic cigarettes are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. These two are the main components, base materials of the e-cigarette liquid and are not safe for people to be using," said Public Health Educator with the Broome County Health Department, Laura Kelly.

A potential ban of these products would be positive for public health according to officials, but it would drastically hurt businesses selling these products.

"We have a large stock of product that is legally allowed at other places and we won't be able to carry that anymore. They're going to try to get rid of online sales, which is insane. That would probably stop our wholesale business, it would stop our online business, and it would hurt the shops as well," said the manager of Vapor King Binghamton Stephen Schwarztrauber.

While health experts continue to warn about the health effects these products are likely to cause….

"Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are FDA approved oils to be used in food additives, consumption. But they are not FDA approved to be inhaled and studies are showing these products, when inhaled, are doing lots of damage to our lungs," said Kelly.

Local business owners have seen these talks before and believe misinformation could lead to the losses of businesses and jobs.

"This has been a rhetoric they've been doing over and over again and they keep failing at it. This is not what New York state wants. They're fear mongering with the deaths from vaping that has nothing to do with store bought juice. That has to do with the alytic THC cartridges," said Schwarztrauber.

Health officials say preventing children from getting hooked on these products is the most important mission, while vapor stores think a ban will negatively effect those trying to quit cigarettes.

Damon Matson

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