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New York City Council approves ban on all flavored e-cigarettes as US officials backpedal

The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban flavored e-cigarettes as officials seek to curb a spike in underage vaping.

The ordinance bans all flavored e-cigarette and vaping liquid flavors except for tobacco. Mayor Bill de Blasio will either sign the bill or let it pass into law, his deputy press secretary Avery Cohen said, which will make New York the largest city in the U.S. to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco.

The New York City Council Health Committee voted unanimously in favor of the legislation on Monday, and of the city council’s 51 members, 31 signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. The bill passed in a vote of 42 to 2.

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