Oct 2, 2019

Los Angeles County bans flavored tobacco

A vaping store in Los Angeles County. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, and urged California Gov. Gavin Newsom to enact a statewide vaping ban, per City News Service via L.A. Times.

The big picture: Local and state authorities are banning vaping products across the country as the Trump administration prepares a federal ban on most flavored e-cigarettes. There have been 16 vaping-related deaths so far, and at least 805 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury.

  • Per the City News Service, more than 100 Californians who vaped have been hospitalized for breathing troubles and lung damage, according to the state Department of Public Health. Two have died, including 1 in LA County.
  • The board's vote came as dozens of tobacco business owners and advocates protested last week, claiming vaping helps people quit smoking, according to City News Service.
  • California’s Department of Public Health also issued an advisory last week, recommending that people stop vaping until investigations are concluded.

What to watch: The new law will be effective in 30 days, but online sales won't be considered illegal and users will not be disciplined under the new ordinance.

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Oregon bans flavored vaping products

A man vapes in Gotham Vape in Queens, New York on Sept 17. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Oregon's governor announced a temporary, 180-day ban on all flavored electronic cigarette products on Friday.

The big picture: At least 18 people across the U.S. have died from a lung injury associated with vaping in 15 states, as of Oct. 4. Two of those deaths were in Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown said Oregon is dedicated to developing legislation to ban flavored vaping products permanently — while the Trump administration says it is planning to take similar action at the federal level.

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Court temporarily stalls New York ban on flavored e-cigarettes

A man smokes an e-cigarette in New York in 2017.  Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A state appellate court blocked New York's ban on all flavored electronic cigarettes the first week of October, preventing New York from becoming the second state to put such a ban in place, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The Food and Drug Administration announced last month that it was finalizing plans to pull all flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market. Massachusetts currently has the harshest vaping ban in U.S.

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Obama officials vetoed FDA ban on flavored vaping products

Flavored vaping products containing nicotine. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama-era FDA tried to ban flavored vaping products in order to protect kids, but White House officials blocked the plan following aggressive lobbying from the vaping industry, according to hundreds of documents obtained by the LA Times.

Why it matters: The evidence suggesting that flavors could have a significant impact on youth vaping was essentially covered up.

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