Advocacy Group Launches New Push Against Flavored E-Cigarettes Targeting Kids

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Keeping children away from flavored e-cigarettes is the goal of a new campaign launched today at city hall.

Sixth-grader Yael Mintz may look small, but her voice is big, reports CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.

She’s adding to the growing chorus calling for a ban on menthol and flavored e-cigarettes.

“I want to keep Juul and other e-cigarettes away from me my friends and other kids our age,” she said. “The flavors are like ‘Oh, hey, it’s for kids it’s like candy for us. I’m not saying that vapes or Juul should be banned entirely, I just think that flavors are what’s really getting kids.”

Gummy bears and cotton candy are just some of the flavors advocates worry entice kids.

Local leaders joined with parents and medical professionals to launch the “Flavors Hook Kids” awareness campaign on the steps of City Hall.

“It’s just outrageous how many teenagers are doing the vaping,” said student Marisol Rivera.

“I would say 10th grade is not a year people start it’s a year people are already addicted trying to quit with a little success,” said 10th grader Caleb Mintz.

Read more at https://newyork.cbslocal.com

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