While Trump and the federal government dithers, the staet of Washington has banned flavoured vapes and Massachusetts may not be far behind.
Washington made the decision via executive order in October, but it’s not necessarily permanent. The ban is just for 120 days, but Gov. Jay Inslee has requested a permanent ban via state legislation.
From a CNN.com article:
Matthew Myers, president of the advocacy group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, applauded Inslee and supported the call for a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Washington state.
Massachusetts to temporarily ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products
“The time is now to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic, and Gov. Inslee’s call for prohibiting flavored e-cigarettes is exactly what we need,” Myers said in a written statement.
“The evidence is clear that flavored e-cigarettes have fueled this epidemic — 97% of youth e-cigarette users report using a flavored product in the past month and 70% cite flavors as the reason for their use. The recent spate of serious lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use has added to the urgency of acting now to protect our kids and, indeed, the health of all Americans,” he said in the statement. “We look forward to working with Gov. Inslee and state lawmakers to pass this legislation and end the youth e-cigarette epidemic.”
Massachusetts may be next.
The state Senate of Massachusetts approved a ban on all flavoured e-cig products and a 75 percent excise tax on e-cigs. The state house earlier approved a similar bill.
The bill will be sent to a joint committee before being sent to Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican. Baker has not stated if he will approve it, but he did impose a temporary ban on e-cig sales after the rash of illnesses broke out earlier this year.
The state of Michigan and the city of San Francisco have already banned the sale of e-cig flavours. San Francisco’s ban is a ban on all e-cig sales, period.
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You touched upon this in the last one. For me it was addiction [forgive me, but I have a bit to say regarding nicotine and AD/HD and the rest – different story]. For these kids I almost just wanted to give them a cigarette. Like kiddos, let’s not kid ourselves that you’re any cooler than I never was. That’s what is pernicious about it. They don’t even know what they are doing. I saw in my last days working the convenience store gig and all the kids I would have despised while sneaking a cig behind the bleachers between classes were begging us all for the next Juul pod or whatever. The think about smoking is it is NOT cool, and I was with the losers. And in that it was at least quasi-rebellious, not a status symbol. And yes I came back from lunch break high and sometimes on acid – but that’s my point. Kiddos, this ain’t a fashion statement. And don’t vape in my fucking face unless it’s a THC pen and I asked for it. I just find the whole etiquette of vaping just like I want to slap faces – not even because of the medical or moral implications, but because your’e just being douche bags.
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