Court Puts New York’s Flavor Ban on Hold

Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner for the New York State Department of Health, in Jan., 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll/File)

A state appeals court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing its new ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

The order issued Thursday gives the court time to consider the vaping industry’s lawsuit to block the ban.

It comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes.

Supporters of a ban such as the American Cancer Society’s advocacy group say kids are getting addicted to e-cigarettes.

But critics including the Vapor Technology Association say the prohibitions are governmental overreach.

New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the court’s decision won’t deter officials from addressing the “public health emergency.”

States such as Michigan and Rhode Island have moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

President Trump has proposed a federal ban.