NEW YORK (AP) Nicotine levels in New York State’s tobacco industry have dropped below what state regulators have considered acceptable levels, according to a new report.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the findings, released Friday, suggest the state is moving in the right direction in addressing the health risks posed by e-cigarettes.
Nicotine has long been viewed as a harmful substance, especially when used in a way that could be inhaled, and the new findings show the level of nicotine in the products is dropping, the ACLU said.
New York state has seen an uptick in the number of people addicted to the nicotine-laced vaporizers popularized in China, Japan and the United States.
In recent months, officials have begun to implement stricter tobacco-control measures and are urging people to quit using e-cigs.
Nicole, a spokesperson for the New York state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the agency is reviewing the findings to determine how to best proceed with tobacco control measures and plans to share its findings with the public.