The Journal News,
September 26, 2019-
New York’s emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes has thrust it to the forefront of a politically charged battle over the fate of vaping in America. Amid the fight, tobacco and vaping companies have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars this year on lobbying, political advertising and advocacy efforts in New York, USA TODAY Network New York review found. Among the top spenders is Altria Group, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which combined spent nearly $1.3 million, including direct affiliates, state lobbying records show. Altria, which targeted both smoking and vaping legislation, is also an investor in Juul.
On the other side, affiliates of advocacy groups, such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and American Cancer Society, spent nearly $715,000 on New York lobbying efforts as momentum built on a range of reforms seeking to reduce e-cigarette use. The money flowed as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers pushed tighter regulation of e-cigarettes and higher taxes on the products, attributing a striking increase in teenagers vaping to flavors intentionally marketed to youths.