By: Angela Garrity
WXXI reports that there was another victim of the emergency declaration made by New York Governor Cuomo – Science.
The e-cigarette research that is being conducted at URMC has been thrown under the bus and included in the statewide ban for possession of flavored products, with no exemption for research from the state at this time. See what happens when emotions take over? It completely rules out logic.
This emotionally charged overreach by the New York Governor is to the tune of a $19 million federal grant with the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo that funds the institutions’ research into e-cigarettes. URMC shares this grant.
“So what? “Right, Cuomo?
It’s an emerging field that investigators said is designed around questions of how flavored tobacco products affect the body and mind.
CEOs of Roswell Park and URMC have sent a joint letter to Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the state health department, urging him to allow their research to continue.
Leaders from the research teams at Roswell Park and URMC met in Buffalo with representatives from federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute. The researchers outlined their concerns that New York’s new regulations would cut off their ability to investigate e-cigarettes under their federal grant.
Until clear guidance is provided from the state, research has come to a complete and full stop.
Someone needs to get all of these Governor’s Emergency Declarations to stop immediately and be reversed because it’s now apparent that these bans are hurting so much more than vaping businesses and customers. We need common sense checks and balances, America. Bad decisions carry hefty price tags.
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