According to a report by liherald on December 8, the usage of e-liquid or e-cigarette products among minors in the United States has reached a “epidemic” level since their introduction. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strongly condemned this trend and implemented a policy in 2020 to prioritize the enforcement against illegal use of flavored nicotine products that appeal to children.
In May 2020, the Department of Health in the state of New York announced the implementation of a law banning the sale of flavored nicotine products. According to data obtained from the state’s youth tobacco survey, the percentage of high school students using e-cigarettes has increased from 10.5% to 27.4%.
Representatives from the Elmont PTA, including Reva Whitehead, spokesperson for the Elmont Parent Teacher Association, Dale Davis, Vice President of the Gotham Avenue School Parent Teacher Association, Michaelle Solages, legislator, Carrié Solages, county legislator, and Kent Sopris, Chairman of the New York Convenience Store Association, gathered in Elmont to urge Governor Kathy Hochul and the state legislature to crack down on the sale of illegal flavored e-liquid products within the state.
We need to ensure that the malevolent actors are held accountable,” said Michel Solages, “They cannot be allowed to act freely. They need to be shut down.
They hope to see government leadership, industry support, and coordinated efforts in order to bring about change in the proliferation of illicit flavored e-liquid products.
New York State faces a concerning issue with flavored e-cigarettes, which have been illegally sold in the past few years. “Despite being illegally sold, children are still able to acquire these e-cigarettes that are designed to resemble pens, USB drives, highlighters, and other school supplies,” said Sopris. As a result, parents and teachers remain unaware that these seemingly innocuous items are actually e-cigarettes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey on November 3, revealing that 2.8 million middle and high school students currently use tobacco products, accounting for 10% of the country’s population structure.
The majority of reports indicate that students who use tobacco products are opting to use e-cigarettes instead.