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The sale of flavored vaping products is now banned in New Jersey under legislation signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday.
Murphy signed the measure that moved to his desk amid a nationwide scare last year over mysterious illnesses linked to vaping. The ban will take effect in April.
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The flavors are meant to hook young people, who are using the products in increasing numbers, according to Murphy and the bill's sponsors.
New Jersey's ban comes after the CDC's distinction that the teen vaping epidemic and the spate of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes are two separate public health crisis.
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Nonetheless, the long-term health effects of vaping on overall health - especially for those who begin young - are largely unknown and health officials are no less concerned about preventing e-cigarette addiction in American youth.
'This law will help to discourage our youth from taking up this dangerous habit and reduce its prevalence in our homes and schools,' Democratic Senator Shirley Turner, one of the bill's backers, said in a statement.
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Opponents of the legislation, who crowded the statehouse when the measure passed the Democratic-led Legislature, argued that officials should better enforce the smoking age instead of barring of-age adults (21-year-olds and up, in New Jersey) from buying products they enjoy using.
Matthew Elliott, a consumer vaping advocate who attended the statehouse protest, predicted that the new law would expand the black market and that people could begin trying to make the flavored liquids at home.
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'(Murphy) has welcomed the black market,' Elliott said. 'You will not see the youth vaping decrease. But what you...
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