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Vape war: Gov. Cuomo steps strongly to curb a spike in teen vaping; don’t confuse this for an attack on a mysterious lung disease, though


The war on teenage vaping has been joined in New York State. Good for Gov. Cuomo for leading it.

In 1965, 42% of all Americans were hooked on nicotine-juiced, cancer-causing, toxic cigarettes. Lung cancer rates spiked; bodies dropped. Fifty years later, fewer than 17% of Americans inhale, the result of litigation, taxes, public health and public education.

Of late, some small percentage of those quitters have broken free with aid of electronic cigarettes, which deliver the nicotine but not the smoke and tar.

Those devices may well make some sense as an alternative to regular smoking. They are dangerous as an entry-level nicotine delivery system for teenagers.

Yesterday, new research showed some flavored e-cigarettes, the kind that lure youngsters to the habit, contain a carcinogen recently banned in food. Other studies show increased rates of cardiac disease among e-cigarette users.

E-cigs may yet turn out to be healthier than regular cigarettes, but until we know more, they should be regulated as tightly as their analog cousins.

Over the weekend, Cuomo issued an emergency order to ban flavored e-cigarettes, just as most flavored cigarettes are now forbidden. It was the right move.

So too is it smart, for now, to exempt menthol e-cigs from the prohibition list: Research suggests banning menthol e-cigs risks driving people back to regular smoking. Let people get ahold of menthol e-cigs as an alternative until traditional menthol cigarettes are also banned.