The proposed oversight of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York on flavored cigarettes has caused a stir among manufacturers of electronic cigarettes. In this proposal, all cigarettes sold in various flavors , except for tobacco and menthol would not be allowed throughout NYC. This restricted sale would cause an excessive ecig ban that the manufacturers feel would have a grave impact on consumers and the industry.
Purpose Of Ban
The aim of Bloomberg’s proposal is to lessen that appeal of cigarettes to underage consumers. The mayor feels that minors are lured by the flavors of cigarette products such as chocolate and bubble gum. Electronic cigarettes’ major selling point is their delicious and wide variety of flavors. In fact, one retailer in NYC stated that its Dark Roast, a coffee-flavored ecig, is what mainly draws the city dwellers.
If ever Bloomberg’s proposal would be approved, this ecig ban would limit product sales in tobacco bars. Furthermore in NYC, these tobacco bars are sparse. The mayor has been known for a vendetta against tobacco that he has been pursuing efforts to target tobacco products in majority of his proposed ordinances.
Tobacco establishments that are only allowed in New York City are those that have been opened prior to 2001. There are likewise few and limited places in the city where indoor smoking is allowed. In essence, smokers who have turned to vaping in order to lessen cigarette consumption or quit smoking altogether would have a limited opportunity in accessing electronic cigarette supplies.
Apart from this matter, the Mayor’s proposal also included three other issues. One is all about the removing tobacco product displays in stores. If approved, any customer looking at buying tobacco from the store must ask the seller to show him/her the products before the seller would be able to bring out the goods from its hiding place.
The reason for this proposal is that it is purported that the more children see cigarettes and tobacco displayed in stores alongside candies and other items they buy from the store, the more they are tempted to sample them. This, it would be better for these luring products to be obscured.
Yet, what prohibitionists often forget is that the more things are kept away from the adventure-seeking and curious adolescents, the more they attempt to access what is forbidden from them.
Another subject of the mayor’s bills is to increase the age of tobacco purchasing from 18 years old to 21. Many believe that this prohibition will do well in decreasing smoking incidents among children. Yet, there are also those who do not support this idea.
They say that the government push young adults aged 18 and above to practice their capability to vote and making good decisions. This is in contradiction to what the bill insinuates that young adults are not capable of making decisions for themselves regarding what products to choose and to avoid.
The more resounding concern among these three proposals is the banning of flavored cigarettes.
Delineation for Ecigs From Tobacco Cigarettes
Ecig advocates are calling for the demarcation of electronic cigarettes from tobacco cigarettes. These advocates are aware that their products indeed need to be regulated, but not in the same way as tobacco products are supervised. Ecigs save lives while tobacco cigarettes promote death.
Tobacco regulation, according to them is not applicable on the healthier and safer electronic cigarettes. Eig vapors are not as detrimental and as life threatening as tobacco smoke. In fact, even though the FDA has no approval for these products as smoke cessation aids, many former smokers attest that ecigs served as their life savers in their struggle with tobacco quitting.
Flavors help keep ex-smokers away from cigarettes. Once they taste the delicious flavors of e-juices, they come to realize that cigarettes taste so horribly and they no longer wish to touch another cigarette
There was a recent study from Boston University that found ecigs to be as effective as ecig patches in smoke cessation. With this, ecig advocates fear that the crackdown in NYC would only lead smokers back to their old habit of smoking once ecig access becomes stricter and more difficult.
If electronic cigarettes’ flavors would be banned, these people would think that ecigs and cigarettes are just the same so they might as well go back to smoking.