EAST ORANGE, NJ — The East Orange City Council, in conjunction the Office of Mayor Ted Green, passed a resolution introduced by Councilman Casim Gomez regarding vaping and electronic cigarettes.  The resolution from the City Council and Mayor supports the pending Federal Congressional Bill H.R. 293 entitled “The Youth Vaping Act of 2019,” and all future Federal and State legislation to curb the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems.  A copy of the resolution was sent to Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, State Senator Nia Gill and Assemblyman Tom Giblin.  

Councilman Gomez said, “It is important for the members of the Municipal Council to take a public stand against vaping and the use of tobacco products, including flavored products.”  He added that is it well documented that tobacco can cause serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.  Respiratory disease is a prevalent side effect of vaping.  Councilman Mustafa Brent, who co-sponsored the resolution said, “Our goal is to stop vaping in its tracks so that East Orange citizens, particularly young people, do not become addicted to vaping and the flavored products. 

According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, the use of electronic cigarettes and hookah has risen substantially. In fact, current use of hookah among high school students increased from 4.1 percent in 2011 to 9.4 percent in 2014 — these numbers continue to climb, as does the incidence of respiratory illness among those vaping.  

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According to the Surgeon General, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of nicotine, and adolescent exposure to nicotine may have lasting adverse consequences for brain development.  Council Chairman Christopher James said, “Every young person deserves to live their best life, and they cannot do that by vaping and falling victim to disease caused by vaping, which often becomes addictive behavior — particularly with the use of flavored tobacco.’

The Chairman referred to a new study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which stated that most youth using tobacco-flavored products, which are available in thousands of distinct flavors, are appealing to youth.  Many cities have restricted the sale of flavored tobacco products.  According to the Study, “restricting youth access to flavored tobacco products holds the promise of reducing their overall tobacco use.”  Chairman James said, “Our goal is to slow and even stop vaping and the use of all tobacco flavored products.  We believe that by standing with the Mayor, and Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Senate and Assembly, together we can impact the use of these products.”