Stacey Barchenger | January 13, 2020 | North Jersey Record |
Flavored vaping products could soon be outlawed in New Jersey after lawmakers voted Monday to prohibit their sales and cap the amount of nicotine in vaping liquids.
The hotly contested bills expand on federal rules prohibiting the sale of flavored vapes, increase licensing fees and fines for selling flavored products, and limit the amount of nicotine that can be in vaping liquid to 2%. Gov. Phil Murphy is likely to sign the bills into law, as they enact many recommendations from a vaping task force the governor convened last year. The ban is effective 90 days after the governor signs the bills.
The bills were among dozens on lawmakers’ agenda Monday, the last day of their work session in Trenton. Any bills that are not passed by Tuesday, when the Legislature is sworn in for another two-year term, must be reintroduced and reconsidered by lawmakers.
“If we can choke off access to these vaping products in kids, we can also prevent the smoking that more than half of them will do as well,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, the bills’ sponsor and leader of the Burlington County Health Department.
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