An executive order signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo directs state agencies to use education awareness programs for vaping.

At the same time, Cuomo signed a bill that will expand current school-based programs and campaigns aimed at reducing tobacco use to also include e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine.

“After raising the smoking age to 21 to protect young people from the costly and deadly addiction to nicotine, we are doubling down on our mission to protect the public health and keep our children safe from the dangers of e-cigarettes – which have unfortunately become common alternatives to regular cigarettes,” Cuomo said. “We are united and determined in our goal to protect an entire generation of New Yorkers from these harmful products and will use every tool at our disposal to accomplish this.”

The legislation and executive order approvals come after Cuomo this year reiterated his support for banning flavored e-cigarettes, a proposal now backed by President Donald Trump on the federal level.

Cuomo also announced the Department of Health would subpoena vaping campaigns amid heightened health concerns over users developing illnesses.

The bill Cuomo signed today, backed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Sen. Brad Hoylman, expands e-cigarette education awareness to schools, advertising campaigns and tobacco cessation programs for kids and adults.

“We must eradicate this health crisis before it gets worse,” Hoylman said.

“In light of the serious health effects and deaths related to e-cigarette use, sighing this legislation into law could not come soon enough,” Rosenthal said.

“For too long, e-cigarette companies have used deceptive marketing practices and sleek ad campaigns featuring attractive young models in trendy settings vaping ‘cool’ flavors to lure young people into a lifetime of dangerous nicotine addiction. Including e-cigarettes in the State’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, which has helped New York achieve a dramatic reduction in traditional smoking rates, will help us to close the information gap.”