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Technology Massachusetts temporarily bans vaping products amid health crisis

15:45  25 september  2019
15:45  25 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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+ Massachusetts on Tuesday imposed a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products , amid what officials called a national public health emergency that so far has been linked to nine deaths. The state will block all sales of e-cigarettes and supplies, both those used for tobacco and marijuana

The temporary Massachusetts ban , though, would apply to all vaping products and devices. It must be approved by a health council that is nearly certain to do so. His announcement came amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products , including deaths. The administration said that

Following a spate of vaping illnesses and deaths, Massachusetts has become the first state to do a full ban on vaping products. Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency and said that both flavored and non-flavored vaping products -- made with nicotine and marijuana -- would be temporarily prohibited from sale for a period of four months. "[We] need to pause sales in order for our medical experts to collect more information about what is driving these life threatening vaping-related illnesses," he said at a press conference.

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The governor's office said that 61 cases of potential lung disease related to vaping have been reported in Massachusetts alone. Three in the state have been confirmed by the center of disease control (CDC) and two are likely to be confirmed. "We're declaring this public health emergency because medical and disease control experts have been tracking the rapidly increasing number of vaping related illnesses that in some cases have led to death," said Baker.

The FDA has opened a criminal investigation into vaping

  The FDA has opened a criminal investigation into vaping The Food and Drug Administration opened a criminal investigation into the vaping supply chain earlier this summer, it has emerged. The Office of Criminal Investigations started the probe following reports of a vaping-related lung illness. The agency now says more than 530 people have been affected, and seven deaths have been attributed to the illness thus far. Officials suspect a type of chemical exposure is to blame, but the cause of the illness has not yet been verified. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. All of the cases are linked to vaping or e-cigarette use.

The temporary Massachusetts ban , though, would apply to all vaping products and devices. It must be approved by a health council that is nearly certain to do so. His announcement came amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products , including deaths.

His announcement came amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products , including deaths. The administration said that as of Tuesday, 61 cases of potential cases of lung disease related to the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping in Massachusetts had been reported to the state.

We as a commonwealth need to pause sales in order for our medical experts to collect more information about what is driving these life threatening vaping-related illnesses.

To enforce the ban, local police and public health boards will need to check numerous retailers to ensure products are removed from shelves. That has convenience store owners concerned. "Is it the product being sold on the shelves by companies like Juul, or is it the off-brand stuff coming from other countries and sold on the internet?" Retailers Association of Massachusetts president Jon Hurst told theAP. "I hope we can all work together and find out what is the problem and find a solution soon."

Other states, including New York and Michigan, have temporarily banned flavored vaping products, but Massachusetts is the first to do a full ban. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is mulling a nationwide ban of flavored vape products. The FDA is working on a policy to remove most non-tobacco-flavored e-cigs from the market, and is expected to share details of the plan soon.

Store owner files lawsuit fighting vaping, e-cig ban

  Store owner files lawsuit fighting vaping, e-cig ban The state is facing its first legal challenge to the governor's vaping ban, which he announced earlier this week. Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, banning the sale of all vaping products for four months. Behram Agha, the owner of Vapor Zone at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, is asking a judge for a preliminary injunction lifting the ban. Agha claims he was denied due process and that the ban has a crippling effect on small businesses. Agha, who also owns shops in Ipswich, Saugus and Norton, said he has laid off 11 employees and can’t pay his bills if ban persists.

The temporary Massachusetts ban , though, would apply to all vaping products and devices. His announcement came amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products , including deaths. The administration said that as of Tuesday, 61 cases of potential cases of lung disease

The ban includes flavored and unflavored products , the release said, and includes tobacco and marijuana products . The ban will go until January 25 of next year. Massachusetts ’ Health and Human Services Secretary, Marylou Sudders, called vaping “a public health crisis ” in the release.

The CDC has cautioned against using vape products until it knows what is causing the problems. At least 530 people have come down with a vaping-related lung illness, and nine have died. Patients have reported using products containing both THC and nicotine. The CDC has advised users to watch for symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, chest pains, nausea, abdominal pain and fever. Above all, it said you "should not buy these products off the street."

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Apple removes all vaping-related apps from the App Store .
The company says it’s responding to the vaping ‘health crisis’“[We’ve] updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted,” said Apple in a press statement. “As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.

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