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Conaway, Murphy, Vainieri Huttle & Benson on Legislation Banning Vape Flavors & Coupons for Vaping Products

In an effort to reduce the growing number of minors using electronic smoking devices, including 25% of high schoolers, four Assembly Democrats have sponsored legislation to ban the sale of flavored vaping products and the use of coupons to purchase tobacco and vapor products in New Jersey. Upon the bills passing the full Assembly and Senate Monday by a vote of 53-11-8 and 22-15 (3178/S-3265), and 52-13-7 and 25-11 (A-3181/S-1647) respectively, the sponsors released the following statements:

“Our state cannot and will not ignore the widespread use of these harmful nicotine products among adolescents,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington). “Flavored products are designed to attract young people, which is one of the reasons why most traditional cigarette flavors were banned a decade ago.”

“Getting flavored vaping products off the market will protect our youth. If we don’t, we will have another generation of young people addicted to nicotine when we were so close to reducing widespread dependency on this chemical.”

“The nicotine in e-cigarettes is just as harmful as that of traditional cigarettes, yet many people may not realize just how detrimental nicotine really is for anyone under the age of 25,” said Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington). “Nicotine can expose developing brains to negative effects such as addiction, mood disorders and lower impulse control.”

“Many teens are even worried about the damage vaping can do to their health but are too addicted to stop. It’s our responsibility to help them by doing everything in our power to limit the appeal of – and access to – these products going forward.”

Study after study has shown that flavors such as cotton candy and mango not only draw teens in, but keep them coming back when it comes to electronic cigarettes,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). Mint is especially popular since the menthol helps ease new users into vaping by cooling their throat and reducing any harshness they would normally feel when inhaling the nicotine.”

“We know what needs to be done to help keep kids safe and that’s what we’re doing with this legislation.”

“By banning the use of these methods of price reduction and therefore making them more difficult for young people to purchase, we can help limit the appeal and accessibility of vaping products in order to protect them,” said Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). “We’ve seen coupons proliferate the use of cigarettes in the past. We do not want to see them encourage more children to vape.”