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NY Eyes Plan To Be First State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes


New York has a plan to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes, which the Cuomo administration is calling an "emerging public health issue" among young people.

A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that the Democrat is very concerned about the rise in e-cigarette use among youth and is looking for ways to curb the trend.

The state health department announced plans earlier this week for regulations banning the sale or possession of flavored e-cigarettes. The agency later rescinded them to allow more time for a legal review. The regulations will be republished and could then be adopted after a 60-day period of public comment.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.