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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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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

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U.S. to restrict air travel from 8 countries over new COVID variant concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.