The vast majority of New Yorkers say vaping is a serious threat to public health, while more than half support a ban on flavored e-cigarette tobacco, a Siena College poll released Monday found.
The poll was released amid a court battle over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarette tobacco products in New York, a push that received a setback last week when a court delayed the executive order from taking effect as a lawsuit backed by the vaping industry is being considered.
Cuomo moved to ban flavored vaping products after a serious illnesses believed to be linked to e-cigarettes alarmed public health officials.
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New York lawmakers are expected next year to consider a raft of anti-vaping legislation, including limits to how companies can target younger consumers.
The poll found a combined 78 percent believe vaping is either a serious or very serious public health concern, while 61 percent support Cuomo’s executive action to ban flavored tobacco sales in the state.
A narrower majority, 52 percent, back banning all e-cigarette and vaping device sales, while 74 percent support raising the age in New York purchase nicotine products including vaping and e-cigarette products to 21.
Twelve percent of New Yorkers polled say they vape on a regular basis.
Cuomo wants to package efforts to curtail vaping, especially among young people, with a regional plan to address the legalization of marijuana, which the poll found is supported in New York 56 percent to 36 percent.
Still, a majority also believes legalization of marijuana will lead to more use and abuse by kids, 53 percent to 39 percent. A plurality, 47 percent, believe marijuana legalization will lead to problems in the workplace. Most people polled, 52 percent, say they have used marijuana and 21 percent currently do.
The poll found 62 percent of state residents have been affected in some way by the opioid addiction crisis, an increase from 54 percent in February 2018, with 20 percent saying that they or someone in their immediate family has abused opioids. A quarter of voters polled know someone through work has abused opioids, up 14 percent from 2018. And 35 percent know someone who has died from opioid abuse.
The poll of 589 New York adults via phone line and 217 online responses was conducted from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1. It has a 4.3 percentage point margin of error.