Oct 4, 2019

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.

  • Oregon's ban does not specify a grace period for retailers like other states' bans have, and appears to be effective immediately.
  • Massachusetts currently holds the strictest temporary vaping ban of any state, outlawing all associated products.
  • A state appellate court blocked New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes this week, after Vapor Technology Association sued state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health.

The bottom line: Individual states are rushing to take action ahead of the FDA's proposed crackdown on flavored vaping products.

Go deeper: Trump administration plans ban of most flavored e-cigarettes

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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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Study: Flavored tobacco products are a gateway to regular use

First use of flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and smokeless tobacco products can place young adults and adults at risk of regular tobacco use. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Youths and young adults are likely to continue using various tobacco products after trying flavored products like menthol or mint, according to a new study from JAMA Network.

Driving the news: Popular e-cigarette startup Juul announced last week a halt in its flavored vape products, signaling further cooperation with the FDA. Juul banned all flavors except mint, its most popular flavor.

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Scoop: Trump ready to ban vape flavors except tobacco, menthol

Vaping products, including flavored vape liquids and pods, at a store in Queens, N.Y. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Trump administration plans to finalize a ban on almost all flavored vaping products, with exemptions only for tobacco and menthol flavors, according to sources familiar with the plan. An announcement is expected next week.

Why it matters: Conservatives, including President Trump's 2020 campaign manager, had urged Trump to back away from such a sweeping crackdown, but sources said the president was briefed by senior health officials on the plan at a White House meeting yesterday.

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