Fifteen e-cigarette businesses are to be reviewed by the state Division of Consumer Affairs for their marketing and sales of vaping products in New Jersey, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said yesterday.
Grewal spoke at the press conference where Gov. Phil Murphy announced he had signed an executive order establishing a task force to address e-cigarettes’ threat to public health.
The moves come in the wake of reports across the United States indicating a dramatic rise in the use of vaping products by underage users. The sale of vaping products to persons under 21 is prohibited in New Jersey.
The Division of Consumer Affairs called on the e-cigarette companies to provide information about the volume of their New Jersey sales, the types of flavored e-cigarettes they sell, and how they market their products here.
“As a father, I am very concerned about the way e-cigarettes have been marketed to kids in New Jersey,” Grewal said. “If products that come with risks of addiction and other serious health problems are sold at all, they should never be marketed in ways that appeal to children.”