New York Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chairman of Committee on Health

New York Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chairman of Committee on Health

By Angela Underwood Itโ€™s been two weeks since the e-cigarette ban, and the New York State Committee on Health chairman said officials are determined to uphold and maintain the highest standards of health and wellbeing for Empire State citizens. ย ย  Speaking to The New York Daily Weed Report about Gov. Andrew Cuomoโ€™s executive order to


By Angela Underwood

Itโ€™s been two weeks since the e-cigarette ban, and the New York
State Committee on Health chairman said officials are determined to uphold and
maintain the highest standards of health and wellbeing for Empire State citizens.
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Speaking to The New York Daily Weed Report about Gov. Andrew Cuomoโ€™s executive order to ban e-cigarettes, Sen. Gustavo Rivera said the Health Committee will exhaust every effort to engage in the research, analysis and review needed to ensure that the products made available are safe and secure for the public.

โ€œWe look forward to the publicsโ€™ perspective on this issue,โ€ he
said.

As the second state to ban e-cigarettes in September following
Michigan, New York was followed by Massachusetts, which recently announced a
four-month ban.

New Yorkโ€™s temporary 90-day ban on the sale and distribution of
flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids may just be permanent, according to Senator
Rivera, who said that based on medical research, consumption of such products
may cause adverse health outcomes, while also alluring children and adolescents
to engage in illicit purchase.

โ€œI believe that these steps (temporary ban) signal that New York
will be further regulating e-cigarettes in order to safeguard the publicโ€™s
health,โ€ he said.ย 

While Rivera said, โ€œI have not provided any direct counsel to the governor in
regard to pursuing this order,โ€ the senator added that the governor, Senate,
and Assembly are constantly engaging on a number of e-cigarette issues, there
are a number of bills in the Health Committee that aim to address this issue.

โ€œMy office has been actively weighing legislative options to ensure we
implement permanent regulations that protect the health, safety and wellbeing
of New Yorkers,โ€ he said.

Rivera said while the Senate Health Committee engages in
rigorous review and assessment of all relevant national research and data that
may benefit and improve the quality and standard of health for residents of New
York State, findings presented by both state and national health researchers
indicate alarming results about the dangers posed by flavored e-cigarettes and
e-liquids.

โ€œThe executive order ensures these products are removed from the
market until further information is gathered and permanent legislation can be
passed in an effort to safeguard the health of New Yorkers,โ€ he said.

However, with such tough love for citizen safety comes withdrawal.

โ€œI regret that for the time being some consumers may experience
discomfort in this initial transition; however, as more research and evaluation
is facilitated, we will soon uncover important details regarding this product
and its safety for the public,โ€ Rivera said.

In the interim, non-flavored and menthol e-cigarette and
e-liquid products are still available on the market, and provide an alternative
for consumers, he added.

As for the decline in vape shop sales, well thatโ€™s just too bad,
according to Rivera.

โ€œIt is unfortunate when any business suffers and experiences a decline in sales; however, New York State must put the health of the public first, especially that of our youth,โ€ he said.



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