BUFFALO, N.Y. — A six-month moratorium on the opening of new stores that sell electronic cigarettes is now official in Buffalo.

Mayor Byron Brown issued a statement Friday evening, supporting a resolution that was sponsored by Buffalo Common Council Member Joel Feroleto.

The resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday, followed the release of findings by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of electronic cigarettes.

“This is a matter of safety and public health,” Mayor Brown said in the statement. “There remain too many unknown factors connected to vaping. This moratorium gives us time to learn more about the health impacts of these product on residents.”

Added Feroleto: “Health is definitely the main concern with vaping and we need to learn more from medical experts on the safety of these products. Residents need to know and understand the risks and potential harm associated with these substances.”

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