The use of electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as “vaping,” has become increasingly more popular in New Jersey and other states. Vaping involves an electric device that converts a flavored liquid into vapor. Some of these liquids contain nicotine, but others just deliver flavor. Many proponents of vaping believe it is a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes and some use vaping as a method to quit smoking. The vape industry has exploded over the last few years and now vape stores can be found on any street, selling a variety of flavored liquid and vaping devices.
However, because vaping has only recently been developed over the last several years, the long term health effects are unknown and the states are starting to become concerned. New Jersey has taken notice of the recent vaping trend and has concerns about the effects of electronic cigarettes, especially with how it may impact younger individuals. A New Jersey health law has been proposed which would bar anyone from selling vaping products in flavors other than clove, menthol and tobacco. Proponents of the law argue that the law is intended to protect adolescents who may develop harmful habits from vaping.
This proposed New Jersey health law banning flavored vape liquid is controversial for many reasons. First, the long term effects of vaping are unknown, so many believe legislative action is premature. Second, because some use vaping as a method to quit smoking, some believe it discourages vaping for that purpose. And finally, the New Jersey health law could have a negative impact on businesses that rely on vaping, possibly even forcing some businesses to close. The bill must now be passed by the state Senate and Assembly, and signed by Christie to become law.
What do you think about New Jersey’s proposed flavored vaping ban?