KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The next legislative session is less than a month away, and one Kentucky lawmaker wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
State Representative Buddy Wheatly of Covington pre-filed a bill to ban the sale of any flavored vaping product.
“The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported that about one in four higher schoolers now uses e-cigarettes, which is up from one in 10 just three years ago,” the Covington legislator said. “For middle schoolers, the rate is one in seven. Most of these young people have easier access to these products than others containing tobacco and are drawn in by the flavors and marketing and then cannot avoid the addictive power of nicotine. We cannot let that continue, and I’m pleased that my proposal has already drawn the support of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.”
Rep. Wheatley noted that the CDC and FDA have yet to approve vape products as certified cessation products.
“While there are current smoking cessation programs for adults, kids have little choice but to go cold turkey,” he said. “After decades of progress, a new generation of kids are becoming nicotine-addicted. We know vape products deliver nicotine more efficiently than cigarettes, even twice as efficient in some cases.”
Bill Request 925 would ban any added flavor to e-cigarettes, including those mimicking food or drink, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverages, herbs or spices.
The legislation calls for citing anyone who sells or otherwise distributes these flavors in e-cigarette form, and fines would range from $1,000 to $2,500 per offense.
The bill comes after three Kentucky school districts, Jefferson, Fayette and Bullitt Counties, sued the makers of e-cigarettes.