A New York State appeals court issued an order yesterday (October 3) that temporarily blocks the state’s new flavored e-cigarette ban.
The decision gives the court more time to consider the vaping industry’s lawsuit which seeks to outright block the ban. It just a day before officials were set to begin enforcing them across the state today.
It also comes as federal health officials released new data yesterday, showing there are now more than 1,000 reported cases of vaping-related illnesses nationwide, including 18 deaths in 15 states.
More than a third of all cases are patients under 21-years-old, however the deaths have been older adults who apparently had more difficulty recovering.
Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with symptoms including severe shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain.