TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation on Tuesday to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to impose a permanent ban on flavored vape products. The legislation (S3265) prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored vape products, including menthol.
“As Governor, I am first and foremost charged with protecting the health and safety of our people,” said Governor Murphy. “Research shows that flavored electronic smoking devices and products, such as mint, candy, fruit, and chocolate, are extremely appealing, especially to children.”
Reducing the use of vaping among Paterson Public Schools students has also been a focus of district officials in recent months.
“We are taking aim against the misinformation and health hazards surrounding vaping. Vaping is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, but too many people believe the opposite is true,” Superintendent Eileen Shafer said in December. “We are going to make sure that our students and families know the facts and give them all the support we can to help everyone in Paterson Public Schools ‘Escape the Vape.’”
The efforts, launched in October, came in response to a dramatic rise in vaping related illness, and deaths, across the country, and studies showing that the national crisis is getting worse. In August, there had been one reported vaping-related death in the country and 193 reported vaping-related illnesses. As of December 4, the statement said, those national statistics rose to 48 reported vaping-related deaths and 2,291 reported vaping-related illnesses.
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