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Conaway & Benson Bill to Ban Flavored Electronic Smoking Devices in New Jersey Advances
Separate Measure Would also Prohibit Use of Coupons & Promotional Offers on Tobacco & Vapor Products to Make Them Less EnticingAn Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Daniel Benson to outlaw the sale of flavored electronic smoking products in New Jersey in an effort to prevent the products from being targeted to young people.
A separate measure approved by the panel would also prohibit the use of coupons and promotional offers for both tobacco and vapor products.
"Going back to the days of 'Joe Camel,' we've seen how nicotine companies carefully market their products to young, impressionable consumers in the hopes of attracting life-long customers," said Conaway (D-Burlington), a practicing physician. "The appeal of electronic smoking devices is just as bad, if not worse, because the products are available in almost every candy-like flavor imaginable. From a public health perspective, it makes sense to extend the ban on flavored tobacco products to electronic smoking devices, as well."