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As of September 24th, The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 805 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in California (2), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oregon.
Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). ENDS are noncombustible tobacco products.
These products use an “e-liquid” that may contain nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other ingredients. The liquid is heated to create an aerosol that the user inhales.
With the increasing number of these cases, states are taking serious action to address this outbreak by implementing a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products.
States that have banned these products are:
- In September 4th, Governor Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in retail stores and online, and ban misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like “clean,” “safe,” and “healthy” that perpetuate beliefs that these products are harmless.
- The emergency ban was made official on September 18th and is set to last 180 days. It can be extended for another six months after that, and Michigan lawmakers are also working on a permanent policy.
- In September 17th, Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids like bubblegum, Captain Crunch and cotton candy.
- New York will begin enforcing its ban on October 4th. After that point, retailers will face fines of up to $2,000 per violation if they are caught selling flavored products.
- In September 24th, Governor Charlie Baker released a governor’s declaration of emergency to a statewide ban on online and retail sales of all marijuana and tobacco vaping products, flavored or otherwise.
- The ban took effect on the same day and will remain in effect until notice is given.
- In September 25th, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Health to establish emergency regulations prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The Executive Order also puts in place a number of other measures designed to curb the initiation of e-cigarette use by young people.
- The Order took effect immediately.
- Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an Executive Order to mandate the California Department of Public Health to develop recommendations to reduce availability of vaping products to people under 21 and to establish standards requiring e-cigarette retailers to post warning signs about the health risks of vaping.
- The recommendations shall be submitted to the Governor’s Office by October 14th, 2019.
- California has not enacted a statewide ban on vaping products
- In September 12th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 84 to create the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force, which is directed to formulate a comprehensive strategy to protect New Jersey residents from the hazards of electronic cigarettes.
- The task force is to submit its recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and the public within 21 days.
- In October 1st, Governor Mike DeWine called for a statewide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol. The ban will not include tobacco-flavored products, according to the governor’s office.
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Source URL: Information on Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS); CDC Information: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping; FDA Consumer Updates: Vaping Illnesses: Consumers can Help Protect Themselves by Avoiding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products