PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer led district officials in applauding Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that makes New Jersey the first state in the nation to ban flavored vaping products.

As previously reported by TAPinto Paterson Murphy signed the law on Tuesday.

“As Governor, I am first and foremost charged with protecting the health and safety of our people,” Murphy said following the bill’s signing. “Research shows that flavored electronic smoking devices and products, such as mint, candy, fruit, and chocolate, are extremely appealing, especially to children.”

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“This law cuts through the clouds of misinformation surrounding vaping to send a clear message to young people that vaping is harmful, even deadly,” said Shafer. “The law is right in line with our school district’s anti-vaping campaign, which is aimed at making sure students and families know the facts about vaping’s deadly effects. We greatly appreciate Governor Murphy providing the strong support of state legislation to help keep flavored vaping products away from kids.”

The Paterson school district has been waging its own aggressive campaign against vaping, and, in December, Laurel Olson, supervisor of student assistance programs, presented the campaign to Board of Education commissioners.

“We have been working hard in Paterson Public Schools to make sure students understand that flavored vaping cartridges are one of the ways kids are being targeted by the makers of vaping products,” said Olson. “Having the ability to say that flavored vaping products are illegal helps us make it clear to young people and families that they pose a serious threat to anyone who uses them.” 

Click here for more information about the “Escape the Vape” campaign.