New York City prepares to ban flavored vaping products

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New York City lawmakers are preparing to ban flavored electronic cigarettes.

The bill before the City Council on Tuesday would ban all e-cigarette and e-liquid flavors except tobacco. More than half of the Council’s 51 members have signed on as co-sponsors.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Democratic mayor supports the ban and will either sign the legislation into law or let it take effect automatically.

New York state officials had already moved to implement a ban statewide, but that order has been halted by a court challenge.

The move to ban flavored e-cigarettes comes amid nationwide concern about the growth of teenage vaping and fears about health risks.

Associated Press