September 17, 2019|6: 25pm
|UpdatedSeptember 17, 2019 | 7: 47pm
Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York.
Flavored e-cigarette products are officially illegal in New York — at least for the next 90 days, state health officials voted late Tuesday.
Following an emergency executive action from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban all flavored vape products besides menthol on Sunday, the Public Health and Health Planning Council voted unanimously to implement the move just after 5 p.m.
New York vape shops and bodegas have a two-week grace period before enforcement begins, state health officials said.
They’ve been instructed to clean up their shops and remove all of the offending flavored items off the shelves during that time.
If shop owners are caught with any flavored e-liquids, they’ll be fined $2,000 per unit, the Department of Health said in a press release.
Once the 90-day period is over, the council will have to reconvene and vote again to extend it another 90 days. If they don’t, the order will expire.
Cuomo wants the state legislature to draft a law that would make the ban permanent.
New York is the first state in the country to implement a temporary ban. Michigan announced a similar ban at the beginning of the month and is set to go into effect within the next several weeks. Its ban will last six months before it will need to be renewed.
Flavored vape products remain legal in New Jersey.