(Reuters) – Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Friday urged state companies to ban flavored and cannabis-derived vaping merchandise, becoming a member of different states and the federal authorities in taking steps to cut back vaping amid a mysterious outbreak of deaths and sickness.
Inslee referred to as his state’s measures “a ground, not a ceiling,” telling a information convention that extra stringent guidelines may observe. U.S. well being officers have linked vaping to 12 deaths and 805 circumstances of a mysterious respiratory sickness.
Inslee requested the State Board of Well being to make use of its emergency rulemaking authority to ban all flavored vaping merchandise at its subsequent assembly on Oct.9.
The ban would lengthen to merchandise containing THC, the lively ingredient in marijuana, although leisure marijuana is authorized in Washington.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has been investigating these sicknesses and on Friday introduced findings that counsel THC merchandise play a job within the outbreak.
“Based mostly on this current information, CDC recommends individuals think about refraining from use of e-cigarette or vaping merchandise, significantly these containing THC,” the CDC stated in a press release.
As soon as the precise sources or causes of the vaping-related outbreak is recognized, the Washington governor directed state well being officers to ban merchandise containing that ingredient. He additionally ordered client well being warnings akin to indicators on the level of sale and producer disclosure of all compounds in vapor merchandise.
The Trump administration has introduced plans to take away all flavored e-cigarettes from retailer cabinets, saying it was engaged on a “steerage doc” that will result in a ban of all e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco flavoring.
Within the meantime, states have been cracking down with a selected urgency to halt candy flavors that officers say are ensnaring youngsters into nicotine dependancy.
Massachusetts on Tuesday imposed a four-month ban on gross sales of all vaping merchandise, together with these used for tobacco and marijuana, which is authorized within the state.
New York state, Michigan and Rhode Island have lately banned the sale of flavored vaping merchandise.
The elevated scrutiny additionally prompted main e-cigarette maker Juul Labs to droop all broadcast, print and digital product promoting in america and usher in a longtime Altria Group Inc government as its CEO.
Altria owns a 35% stake in Juul.
Juul didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Inslee’s transfer. Juul has stated it limits gross sales to youngsters with measures like proscribing on-line gross sales and retail retailer gross sales till a government-issued identification may be electronically scanned to confirm age.
Reporting by Daniel Trotta