Tobacco companies meet with NJ Senate president over teen vaping

David Madden
September 19, 2019 - 1:25 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey continues to step up efforts aimed at controlling young people’s access to e-cigarettes. The state Senate president is meeting with tobacco company executives demanding action on the issue.

Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) sat down  with leaders of the nation's top three tobacco companies to discuss the growing public health crisis over vaping.

"We got a commitment from them to give us some ideas, and we're looking at the best practices around the country," he said. 

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The reason? The rise in teenage addiction to e-cigarettes, which have become the tobacco product of choice among young people over the last several years.

Gov. Phil Murphy has convened a panel to come up with answers in short order.

"Unfortunately, no one from the legislature was invited onto the task force," Sweeney added. "So we're doing our due diligence. They're doing their due diligence. The last meeting I saw they were talking inter-governmentally. We're talking to the people who are involved in the industry."

The Senate president, who has called for a total ban on vaping products, vows to work together with Murphy to come up with a solution.