TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The New Jersey legislature is poised to vote on a series of bills dealing with vaping and the dangers it presents.
Several dozen people in New Jersey have gotten sick. One died after vaping. The measures recently approved in Assembly and Senate committees would ban flavored e-cigarettes, raise taxes on vaping products and create a system to watch what retailers are doing.
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, chair of the Health and Senior Services Committee, is also a licensed physician.
“These flavors are marketed to appeal to the younger segments of our society,” Conaway said. “I would say it’s big tobacco’s effort to addict another generation to a lifetime of nicotine which will kill half of those who get involved with it.”
Assuming they pass in both chambers, Governor Phil Murphy will make the final call. Not only is he on record supporting these measures, he’s called for an outright vaping ban in the state.