Sep 24, 2019

Massachusetts governor calls for harshest anti-vaping ban in U.S.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a statewide public health emergency on Tuesday and called for a 4-month ban on all vaping products, AP reports.

Why it matters: This is the farthest-reaching ban yet by any state, as it is the only restriction in the country that forbids all vaping products. Massachusetts' ban also goes beyond President Trump's proposal to pull all flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market, leaving just the tobacco flavor, in an effort to discourage youth vaping.

The big picture: The CDC reported 1,080 possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products as of Oct. 1. At least 18 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses as of Oct. 4.

  • New York's proposed 90-day ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes was temporarily blocked in state court this week.
  • Michigan imposed a similar ban for 6 months earlier in September.

Details: Massachusetts' ban will take effect immediately and last through Jan. 5, 2020.

  • Health officials in the state began mandating the collection of data on electronic cigarettes and vaping earlier this month, AP reports.
  • The state has also 3 confirmed and 2 likely cases of pulmonary disease related to vaping. At least 61 cases of respiratory illnesses related have been reported to the state health department and are awaiting further analysis. That's a jump from 38 cases reported as of last week, according to the Boston Globe.

Go deeper: U.S. investigates fatality from vaping as lung-related illnesses rise

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that 18 people have died from a vaping-related lung illnesses.

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64 reported dead from vaping-related lung illness

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64 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 28 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Feb. 4.

What's new: Nationally, most vaping-related patients with data on how they sourced products reported obtaining THC-containing products from "informal sources," per the CDC. The agency recommends users should consider no longer vaping THC products, rather than its original claim to refrain from e-cigarettes.

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Juul suspends U.S. advertising as it names new CEO

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Vaping startup Juul announced Wednesday that it would suspend all broadcast, print and digital advertising of its products in the U.S.

The big picture: The move comes alongside the ouster of CEO Kevin Burns. He will step aside immediately for K.C. Crosthwaite, who previously served as tobacco giant Altria's chief growth officer.

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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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