In a move that sets the e-cigarette industry back, New York City has approved a vaping ban. The City council passed the local ordinance with 42 sidings for it and two against. Mayor Bill De Blasio is expected to sign the bill or let it automatically lapse into law, according to his deputy press secretary.
City Council Health Committee Chair, in an statement to CNBC, said the following:
“New York City is finally addressing a public health crisis which has been mounting for years while state and local governments across the nation did next to nothing. We are finally taking action to address the resurgence of youth nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarette usage. With this vote, the City Council is moving to ban the fruity, minty, candy-like flavors of e-cigarettes, which were clearly designed to appeal to young people in the first place.”