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Update: Onondaga County - Tobacco 21
Published on: 12/13/2017
We'd like to thank all those that came out yesterday to testify and oppose the Tobacco 21 legislation in Onondaga County.

Everyone in the room had an opportunity to address County Executive, Joanne Mahoney as she was very inviting, respectful, and open minded. The 17 voices in the room in favor or against Tobacco 21 resulted in a no decision, as she'll need time to review and make an educated decision.
NYSVA Announces First-Ever Vape Industry Conference in New York
West Chazy, NY, September 18, 2017...The New York State Vapor Association ( is pleased to present the first-ever business to business conference in New York State, "NYSVA's Inaugural Industry Conference." The event will take place Thursday, October 26 -Friday October 27, 2017, at the Maplewood Suites, Liverpool, NY, just outside of Syracuse.
NYSVA Members Vote in Statement of Principles
Published on: 08/11/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...On Thursday, August 3, the members of New York State Vapor Association voted unanimously on a Statement of Principles for member companies. Among them are "No cartoons or child appealing packaging (defined by images of children's toys, children, or cartoon characters" and "No use of flavor names or images that are trademarked/copyrighted."
NYC Ignores Science in War on Vaping
Published on: 08/10/2017
New York Post...The biggest loser of the City Council's crackdown on e-cigarettes this week? New Yorkers' health.
Tobacco 21 - Learn from Others and Don't Let It Happen in New York!
Published on: 08/05/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...You've seen what happens in states with onerous regulations. Taxes in Pennsylvania forced the closing of 1/3 of the vape shops within the first 5 months. California's tax law just went into effect but it can be sure many businesses will not survive. San Francisco's flavor ban is being pushed in many municipalities, and will likely creep throughout the US, including New York State where it has already be introduced.
New York States Votes the Clean Indoor Air Act Into Law
Published on: 07/01/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... Two weeks before the close of session, NYSVA's lobbyist got a call from the sponsor of the Clean Indoor Air Act. He explained that he had agreed to a major amendment to the CIAA -- vaping was no longer defined as smoking. This was very unusual and truly welcome. In more than 100 meetings we had in Albany this spring, we expressed over and over again that vaping is NOT smoking, and should be defined differently!
HR 1136 Co-Sponsors...from New York, You Say?
Published on: 07/15/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...Early in the year, Congressman Chris Collins signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 1136, the Cole-Bishop sponsored bill that would move the predicate date and allow vapor products currently on the market to remain, without having to submit an onerous pre-market application.
The State's Legislative Onslaught- The Clean Indoor Air Act, Tobacco 21 and Licensing
Published on: 05/11/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...As we predicted, after the vapor language was removed from Governor's Budget Bill, there was a seemingly never ending deluge of anti-vaping stand-along bills introduced...mostly by the typical players -- Assemblymember Rosenthal and Senator Hannon.
You May Have to Take Your E-Cigs Outside
Published on: 06/20/2017, Albany... Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products will likely be banned from bars, restaurants and indoor workplaces after the state Senate approved the measure late Monday.
State Lawmakers Approve Restrictions on 'Vaping'
Published on: 06/20/2017, Buffalo... A proposal that restricts where e-cigarettes can be inhaled appears to be well on its way to becoming a new state law...
New York State Senate voted to include vaping in the Clean Indoor Air Act
Published on: 06/19/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... This evening, the New York State Senate voted to include vaping in the Clean Indoor Air Act immediately after the Assembly had revised their version which had passed earlier this month and we expect it will be signed by the governor shortly. This was very unusual...
Legislation To Raise Tobacco (And E-Cigarette) Age Is Unnecessary, Risky
Published on: 06/24/2017
The Huffington Post... The University of Michigan’s “Monitoring the Future” survey indicates that teen smoking rates are continuing a steady decline and are lower now than any time in the 42 years since the National Institute of Drug Abuse began sponsoring the survey...
Health Groups Blitz NY GOP-controlled Senate to Curb E-Cigs
Published on: 06/13/2017
NY Daily News... Health advocates are launching a last ditch effort to get the GOP-controlled state Senate to approve tougher restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes, The Daily News has learned...
Top 5 Pro-Vapor Comments Recently Debated by US Politicians
Published on: 06/08/2017
Vaping Post... The NY State Assembly Hearing held on May 17th included some of the most refreshing comments from Republican Politicians announcing proven facts and using scientific research data to support their arguments in favor of Vapor products. It was clearly groundbreaking in reference to the ways in which American Politics routinely operates.
The War on E-Cigs is Now National
Published on: 06/06/2017
New York Post...Hypocrisy has reached new heights, even by Washington’s standards. The same left-wing senators who support needle-exchange and methadone programs to reduce harm to drug addicts and demand condoms for high-schoolers are waging war against the most effective harm reducer of all — e-cigarettes.
Comments Presented by GOP of NY State Assembly Were Refreshing to Hear from Politicians
Published on: 06/07/2017
Vaping Post... Once again, to reiterate how groundbreaking this scenario is that we see described in the title. Please allow this explanation of the above title to provide justification for just how groundbreaking the situation truly is: REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS were actually being forthright and genuine in their reasoning on May 17th during a debate about vaping devices at the NY State Assembly. Truthfulness, honesty and accurate statistics are all often entirely absent in any political forum throughout the United States.
NY State Assembly Passes Bill to Now Include Vapor in Clean Indoor Air Act
Published on: 06/03/2017
Vaping Post... A Vape Industry Professional in New York, who is no stranger to constantly battling proposed government legislation in his state, recently provided Vaping Post with comments on a NY State Assembly Hearing held on May 17th. The statement he provided was just as significantly accurate as it was slightly comical.
The First US E-Cig Summit
Published on: 05/31/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... In May, NYSVA sent board members David Barry and Spike Babaian to Washington DC to attend the first E-Cig Summit in the United States.
Vaping Effective in Reducing Use of Tobacco
Published on: 05/31/2017
Watertown Daily Times...How is it that the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom is publishing 200-page studies proving that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking, yet our own Food and Drug Administration here in the United States is enacting strict regulations that will effectively kill the entire industry?
Response to the NY State Health Commissioner Leads to Finding Common Ground
Published on: 05/30/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... While the budget bill was being debated at the capital, the NY State Health Commissioner wrote a warning letter to physicians urging them NOT to recommend e-cigarettes to their smoking patients. In response to the egregious statements made in his letter, NYSVA issued a point-by-point counter argument in a letter to the New York Department of Health.
Future Getting Hazy for Vape Shop Owners
Published on: 05/28/2017
Niagara Gazette... With state lawmakers kicking around the idea of placing new restrictions on the use of vapor products, local vape shop owners are fearful for their futures.

With state lawmakers kicking around the idea of placing new restrictions on the use of vapor products, local vape shop owners are fearful for their futures.
Efforts to Implement Vaping Bans in NY State Escalate
Published on: 05/27/2017
Vaping Post... Health organizations and lawmakers in New York State, are launching a stronger effort to ban vaping in public places, where smoking is already prohibited.
Push Intensifies to Limit Vaping Sites in New York State
Published on: 05/25/2017
The Buffalo News... The state is considering regulating e-cigarettes like other tobacco products.

People craving a nicotine fix via vaping soon may be scrambling to find places to light up in New York.People craving a nicotine fix via vaping soon may be scrambling to find places to light up in New York.
Statewide e-cigarette bill will likely outlaw devices' use indoors
Published on: 05/17/2017
NY Daily News... State Assembly Democrat Linda Rosenthal e-cigarette users infringe on the rights of others with “noxious vapors”
Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well
Published on: 05/10/2017
The New York Times...Like so many entrepreneurs who have opened vaping shops lately, Stephen D’Angelo was a heavy smoker who finally kicked nicotine after switching to electronic cigarettes, which he viewed as a healthier — and less smelly — alternative.
U.S. Sees Positive Shift in American Policy on Vape Products (part 1)
Published on: 05/02/2017
The Vaping Post... The State of New York Removes all of the Vapor Language from their Annual Budget
NYSVA Presents at FDA Battery Safety Workshop, Washington, D.C.
Published on: 04/30/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... In April, NYSVA was pleased to have our Technical Analysis Director, Spike Babaian, invited by the FDA to speak on behalf of vape shop owners during their information-gathering workshop on battery safety.
NYSVA Members Testify at New York City Council Meeting
Published on: 04/27/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... If you don't think we work for your right to keep your business, you've never sat in a room for 5 hours listening to your leaders lie about you and then bless you with 3 minutes to defend the industry after all but one councilman has left. That's why a working, sustained strategy is so important.
What's Bill Smoking?
Published on: 04/21/2017
The Wall Street Journal... New York City’s mayor is the black market’s best friend.
Proposed Tompkins County Smoking Prevention Law to Include E-Cigarettes
Published on: 04/19/2017
WSYR-TV, Tompkins County... In Tompkins County, not everyone is happy with a proposed law that would prohibit selling tobacco products to people 21 and under as that plan also includes e-cigarettes.
Tompkins County Testimony from NYSVA President, Michael Frennier
Published on: 04/18/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... Michael Frennier, President spoke tonight at Tompkins County Meeting to address pending legislation to raise the age to vape/smoke to 21.
Democrats Lose Big On Vaping Ban That Would Have ‘Decimated The Entire Industry’
Published on: 04/11/2017
The Daily Caller... Democrats pushing for new taxes and restrictions on electronic cigarettes suffered a major defeat in New York over the weekend after lawmakers stripped new vaping rules from the state budget at the last minute.
State pols reject Gov. Cuomo's e-cigarette liquid tax plan
Published on: 04/10/2017
NY Daily News... Cuomo’s proposals were mysteriously left out of the budget approved by the Senate and Assembly over the weekend.
Indoor e-cig ban snuffed out of NY budget
Published on: 04/10/2017
LoHud - The Journal News... Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers were poised to include electronic cigarettes in the state's ban on smoking in restaurants, workplaces and other public, indoor spaces.

Then they didn't.
NYSVA Confirms State Budget Removes All Vapor Regulations
Published on: 04/10/2017
Vaping Post... The NYSVA to inform us that the budget has been revised to show that ALL the vapor regulation language is now entirely absent from the 2017-2018 NY state budget proposal, not even a tax increase remained.
"The Big Ugly" Budget Bill
Published on: 04/01/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...Introduced in February, Governor Cuomo's omnibus budget bill (in the three versions from the assembly, senate and the governor) included language that would have drastically damaged the vapor industry in NY. It included an expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Act (with no carve-out for vape shops); a fine for transporting more than 100mls of e-liquid, and a 10cents per ml tax in both the senate and governors versions, and a 40cent per ml tax in the assembly's bill. Also hidden in the assembly's version was Tobacco21 language that would raise the age to purchase vapor products as well as cigarettes.
NY's anti-science e-cig crackdown
Published on: 03/29/2017
New York Post... Gov. Cuomo’s Department of Health last week released survey data that he’s using to bolster his case for a $12 tax on 30 ml bottles of vaping liquids and a ban on vaping indoors. Yet the survey data — and much other evidence — undercut his case.
New York State's Proposed Budget Anticipated to Close 600 Businesses and End 2200 Jobs
Published on: 03/24/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...Buried in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal are taxes and regulations so onerous, they would close hundreds of vape shops across New York according to the New York State Vapor Association (NYSVA).
The Gloves Are Off...
Published on: 03/19/2017
by David Goerlitz...Having been involved in the Vaping Community for several years I feel compelled to show my support for the New York State Vapor Association and their leaders.
Dr. Michael Siegel's Response to NYS Health Commissioner's Letter
Published on: 03/15/2017
The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary... New York State Department of Health Urges Physicians to Discourage Patients from Quitting Unless They Use Big Pharma Products and Tells Vapers They Might as Well Go Back to Smoking
Lawmaker wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes in New York
Published on: 03/13/2017
NY Daily News... A state lawmaker from Manhattan plans to introduce legislation this week banning the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in New York.
NYSVA Announces Lobbying Representation
Published on: 03/11/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute...Dickinson & Avella, PLLC to Represent New York State vapor Association (NYSVA) in Albany
UB study sheds light on perceptions of e-cigs
Published on: 03/07/2017 A recent study at the University of Buffalo indicates that the "gateway" theory is flawed and that smokers shouldn't be discouraged from using vapor products.
NY Plans to Tax Vapor Products in 2017
Published on: 02/03/2017
NYSVA's New York Minute... Included in Governor Cuomo's 2017 budget proposal is a plan to tax and regulate vapor products in NY state.