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US Massachusetts officials to defend toughest-in-nation vaping ban in federal court

14:05  04 october  2019
14:05  04 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Vape brand Juul is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe

  Vape brand Juul is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe E-cigarette maker Juul is in trouble again. According to The Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the matter say that the company is the subject of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in California. It's not yet been revealed what the focus of the investigation is, although sources say it's still in its early stages. This will be another unwelcome challenge for the quickly-growing company, which has come under fire for the ways its sleek vaporizers have found appeal with young people.

Charlie Baker's vape ban will be challenged in federal court this week, as a judge is scheduled to hear an Last week, Baker defended the emergency ban , calling it “the right choice” after a multistate “The administration will continue to work with medical experts and federal and state officials to better

The ban “will destroy the 1 million nicotine-vapor-products industry in Massachusetts , creating irreparable harm,” the Vapor Technology Association said in a The administration will continue to work with medical experts and federal and state officials to better understand why vaping is causing

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts health officials on Friday are expected to defend their crackdown on sales of vaping products in a courtroom battle that will test the toughest measures yet in a rapidly developing response against e-cigarettes and their potential link to a lung disease.

A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture© Reuters/Adnan Abidi A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston has set a quick schedule to consider whether to block Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration from enforcing a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products.

Baker's move came as federal officials on Thursday reported that 18 people have died from a mysterious vaping-linked illness that has sickened more than 1,000 in the United States.

Massachusetts temporarily bans vaping products amid health crisis

  Massachusetts temporarily bans vaping products amid health crisis 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.

Vape lung injuries double in Massachusetts as… A spokesman for the governor’s office declined to comment on the pending lawsuit, which names Baker, Bharel and the state as defendants , but said, “The administration will continue to work with medical experts and federal and state officials to better

Owners of Mass Dynamics in Weymouth, Boston Vapor in Salem, New Hampshire, and Vick’s Vape Shop in Medford filed a complaint in federal court alleging that the ban is Massachusetts last Tuesday became the first state in the nation to halt sales of all e-cigarette products amid growing

Trade group Vapor Technology Association (VTA) is challenging Baker's Sept. 24 ban in a lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday.

VTA, which sued along with the operators of several vape shops in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, said the order amounts to an unconstitutional prohibition on retail and online advertising of their legal products.

The group's lawyers, including Joseph Terry of Williams & Connolly, argued the order not only violated the plaintiffs' free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution, but also the Commerce Clause's prohibition on state laws that unduly restrict interstate commerce.

Baker announced the ban on sales of e-cigarettes and vaping supplies, both those used for nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which is legal in the state, in response to the nationwide surge in a sometimes deadly lung disease linked to vaping.

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.

In a reprieve for Juul and other vaping companies, a state appellate court on Thursday temporarily 18, when the parties are back in court . “We are very pleased with the New York State Appellate State officials promised to press on and defend the ban . “While the court ’s ruling temporarily delays

Following the outright ban in Massachusetts , the Public Health Committee advanced a bill banning the sale of all flavored tobacco one day after Baker's The American Vaping Association is planning a Thursday rally at the State House to advocate for lifting the ban , promoting the event with the slogan

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked vaping to 18 deaths and 1,080 confirmed and probable cases nationally in mostly otherwise healthy people who contracted the mysterious respiratory illness. It has said most patients affected reported using products containing THC.

More than two-thirds of patients are male. The median age of cases is 23 years, with about 62% of patients aged 18-34, according to the CDC.

The VTA says Baker's ban, if left standing, will irreparably destroy Massachusetts' $331 million nicotine vapor products industry and the livelihoods of the nearly 2,500 workers it employs.

The lawsuit is one of a number filed nationwide by vape shops and the VTA challenging restrictions announced by various states in response to the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

Governors in Michigan, New York and Rhode Island have all restricted sales of flavored e-cigarette products in recent weeks. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday called on state lawmakers to pass a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Writing by Tim McLaughlin in Boston; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Berkrot)

U.S. health officials say there may be more than one cause to vaping-related illness .
U.S. health officials say there may be more than one cause to vaping-related illness

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