An unknown illness linked to vaping has become widespread across the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of late September, 805 lung injuries due to e-cigarettes or vaping have been reported.
Many state officials have taken steps to combat this recent outbreak. The White House and the Federal Drug Administration are continuously being pressured to control the injuries.
The Trump administration responded to this recent push by saying it would ban the sale of most flavored vapes or e-cigarettes. The illness has multiple symptoms, according to The Washington Post, including coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss.
According to Time Magazine, states including Michigan, New York and Massachusetts have issued bans on either flavored or regular vapes.
California and Rhode Island have issued executive orders. California is focused on building vaping awareness, warnings, limiting sales and tackling the black market. Rhode Island’s executive order focuses on banning all flavored vapes.
Michigan officials initiated an emergency ban on any online or retail sale of nicotine vaping products.
Washington state may soon join with a statewide flavored vape ban.
“We are acting for the public health of Washington residents,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.
According to The Seattle Times, on Sept. 27, Inslee has directed the Board of Health to use its emergency authority to ban all flavored vaping products.
The newspaper also reported that Inslee proposed the ban of any specific vaping products if products are found to be the cause of the unknown lung injuries. Inslee wants stronger regulations on vaping as well, which would mean manufacturers release the information of what goes into creating their products.
One of the concerns is if the new legislation will have any impact on the black market. Some speculate that the source of the recent illness could be from the market.
According to the CDC, many victims of the illness reported buying their vape products through the black market.
The new legislation has raised concerns for vape shop owners throughout Washington.
One such example is Olympia Vapor Owner Andy Kibler, who recently shared his concerns about the new law with King 5 News in an interview. About 90% of Kibler’s products would become illegal if the new ban is passed.
A new excise tax passed earlier this year recently went into effect. According to KING 5 News, the new tax will create an estimated 12% excise tax on refillable juices and a 4.5% tax on disposable juice pods.
UPDATE: The WA State Board of Health voted a ruling that will ban flavored vaping products.
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