Secaucus is cracking down on the sale of illegal flavored nicotine vapes.
In 2020, New Jersey became the first state in the country to ban flavored vapes, which studies warn can lead to teens and young adults becoming addicted to nicotine. According to a survey in 2019, 27.6 percent of high school students in New Jersey used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the previous 30 days.
Given the prevalence of vaping among youth, Secaucus is exploring ways to educate the town’s younger population, encourage the removal of banned flavored vapes in stores, and prevent the sale of vaping products to anyone under 21 years of age, according to the town’s newsletter.
“The Town of Secaucus has been pro-active in educating businesses about the law regarding the flavored vapes ban,” said Christine Aguilera, the Secaucus Health Department Coordinator. “We are doing all we can to help businesses stay in compliance. We recognize the dangers of nicotine addiction in our youth and actively promote measures that prevent youth access to these products.”
The Secaucus Coalition is partnering with the Health Department to raise awareness about the addictive nature of e-cigarettes. For more information, go to www.drugfreesecaucus.org.
“We just produced a video PSA to let parents know that illegal sweet-flavored e-cigarette products entice youth,” said Dave Bratton, Secaucus Coalition Coordinator. “The nicotine can hook kids when they are young and hook them for life. I highly recommend that parents talk to their kids about the dangers of vaping.”
Businesses in Secaucus were given informational material along with a fact sheet about the law banning flavored vapes. Secaucus Health Inspectors later visited local businesses and issued citations to those selling illegal flavored e-cigarettes and or vaping products.
Compliance checks will continue to be in place to prevent sale of flavored vapes to young people, according to the town. If anyone sees flavored vaping products being sold at a Secaucus business, they are asked to report it to the Secaucus Health Department at 201-330-2031.
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