In the week since President Donald Trump proposed banning all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, several states have been emboldened to take their own action.
Some states and cities were early to the game. San Francisco barred the sale of e-cigarettes in the city in July and Michigan became the first state to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes in early September.
Juul, the largest vaping company in the U.S., commented on the White House’s stance, saying, “We strongly agree with the need for aggressive category-wide action on flavored products. We will fully comply with the final FDA policy when effective.”
Most of these bans are tied to efforts to combat teen vaping, but the rise in vaping-related lung illnesses, which have been connected to high levels of a vitamin E oil used in some black-market THC vapes, has only compounded the urgency.
Here’s what states have done on the issue in the past seven days.
State Senator Jim Hendren proposed a bill on Monday that would treat e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes. It would restrict marketing to minors, post ads near schools and playgrounds, tax vaping products just like cigarettes and prohibit vaping anywhere that smoking is also not allowed.
Governor Gavin Newsom took executive action to crack down on vaping on Monday. His order targets illegal and counterfeit vaping products and plans for a state-sponsored public awareness campaign about vaping. Newsom directed state agencies to find ways to ban the counterfeit vaping devices.
State health officials began mandating data collection on potential cases of the lung illness linked to vaping last Wednesday. Any potential cases are required to be reported to the Department of Public Health for the next 12 months and will be subsequently reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track cases nationally.
The state put together a task force last Thursday to find ways to curb vaping. Governor Phil Murphy, who convened that task force spearheaded by the Department of Health, said “there is no safe vape.” The task force will make its recommendations in about three weeks.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he plans to issue an emergency regulation that would ban flavored e-cigarettes except tobacco and menthol. Earlier this year, New York also rose the minimum age for buying cigarettes and vapes to 21.