Newswise — A Rutgers University vaping expert is available to comment on Gov. Phil Murphy signing a new law banning the sale of flavored vaping products in New Jersey. The ban is scheduled to take effect in April.

“The state recognized the needed action to curb youth e-cigarette use, but it missed an opportunity to address this crisis more comprehensively,” said Kevin Schroth, associate professor at the Center for Tobacco Studies and the Rutgers School of Public Health. “The ban on flavored e-cigarettes appropriately covers the flavor menthol, unlike a recent federal rule. To address flavored nicotine products sensibly, our lawmakers and Governor should promptly prioritize banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, which contribute to far more death and disease.”  He added, “I applaud the Legislature and Governor for the ban on the use of coupons and other discounts for tobacco and e-cigarette transactions. The tobacco industry has used these tactics for decades to attract and keep customers.”

“More legislation and innovative measures are needed like requiring retailers to use electronic age verification technology to prevent underage sales.” Perhaps more importantly, Schroth noted, “the state should seriously consider adopting an alcohol-like model for tobacco and e-cigarettes by restricting sales to a finite number of licensed, stand-alone, specialty shops.  This model would remove tobacco and e-cigarettes from our pharmacies, gas stations, and other retail stores, making purchases far more difficult for underage youth.”

To interview Professor Schroth, contact Maud Alobawone at modesta.alobawone@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1913.

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