Joined by public health experts and local officials, Senator Charles Schumer was at Little Falls Middle School on Thursday to launch a two-pronged push to curb the use of flavored nicotine and protect public health across New York State.

Schumer is calling on his colleagues in Congress to pass the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids or SAFE Kids Act, that would enact a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

He's also calling on the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA and the CDC  to launch a coordinated national strategy and awareness campaign on youth e-cigarette use.

Schumer says together, the two measures would begin the difficult work of ending the youth e-cigarette use epidemic in the Mohawk Valley and across New York.

“Thanks to harmful effects of e-cigs, the public health of our youth in the Mohawk Valley and Herkimer County is going up in smoke. Kids are getting hospitalized in some cases, and even worse in others, and it’s time for the feds to step in and attack the issue with all-hands-on-deck and an all-of-the-above approach,” said Schumer.