On Tuesday, the governor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency, ordering a four-month ban on selling vaping products in the state.
While two states including Michigan and New York have banned vaping liquids (flavors), Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s order can be deemed as an uncustomary one.
Despite the ban been temporary, it will be applicable on all vaping products and devices. It is yet to be approved by a health council, but there are high chances that it will do so.
The announcement has been made in an attempt to keep a tight rein on the health effect and deaths reportedly caused by vaping products. As of Tuesday, the administration has reported a staggering 61 potential cases of lung disease associated with the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping in Massachusetts.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of three confirmed cases, as well as, two probable Massachusetts cases that have been linked to pulmonary disease caused by vaping.
At the Massachusetts Statehouse in a conference, Baker said, “The use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products is exploding, and we are seeing reports of serious lung illnesses, particularly in our young people.”
The collection of data has begun by the State health officials which has potential cases of lung diseases related to the use of vaping and electronic cigarettes.
State health officials have started acquiring a collection of data on potential cases of lung disease that are linked to vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes. The administration will team up with medical experts, state and federal officials in a bid to find out more information about vaping illnesses while coming up with more steps to handle this crisis that has put public health in jeopardy, Baker said.
The assistant vice president for state public policy, Michael Seilbach lauded the state’s move at American Lung Association. Michael said the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) needs to step up now.
“From our perspective, it’s the absence of strong federal action by the FDA that is forcing states to have to make choices like this on how they are going to protect children and adults from the public health emergency of e-cigarettes,” he added.