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US Vape store owners are suing to stop the product bans in New York and Massachusetts

07:25  05 october  2019
07:25  05 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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.

"This ban is a death sentence to all the shop owners ," Craig Rourke, an attorney who is representing the store owners , told ABC News Tuesday. "Monday, they were selling totally legal products , that they had been for years, that were regulated by the FDA," he said. In a lawsuit filed.

Vape shop owners scramble to figure out how to pay their bills amid the vape ban . The front door to all four Jolly Vapors stores are locked, the employees sent home. But that won’t stop Jack Similar to the cases in New York , a report from Illinois and Wisconsin showed that nearly all the THC products

New York and Massachusetts officials are grappling with the economic effects of the vaping ban this week, facing lawsuits from local vape shop owners who say the ban will close their stores.

a person with smoke coming out of it: FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo© Andrew Kelly/Reuters FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape as he walks on Broadway in New York City, U.S., September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

Vape store owners in both states filed lawsuits requesting preliminary injunctions to put a pause on the statewide bans that halted sales of vaping products.

In September New York became the first state in the nation to implement a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, and later expanded that ban to menthol-flavored products.

Teens say vaping deaths, potential flavor ban not stopping them from smoking e-cigarettes

  Teens say vaping deaths, potential flavor ban not stopping them from smoking e-cigarettes A nationwide epidemic is filling rooms and lungs with smoke. Sleek, pencil shaped electronic cigarettes loaded with nicotine and chemicals have many young adults hooked. Trendy brands offering flavors like watermelon and grape promise a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and a cool way to blow off some steam. However, the epidemic has caused lung injuries, killing 7 people so far and sickening hundreds. Researchers say what was"I have friends now that are 19. … They've been smoking for, like, two to three years, and they're like pretty hardcore addicts," said Charles Penichet, 23, a senior on campus.

The owners of six Massachusetts vape shops are suing the state over a new temporary ban on vaping- product sales, escalating the tension between retail businesses and public officials trying to address a nationwide public-health problem. Massachusetts Gov.

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF). Several vape shop owners are suing the state of Massachusetts for implementing a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products and asked the court to deem it "unconstitutional.".

Store owners in the state won a small victory against that ban, however, when a New York appellate court issued a temporary restraining order Thursday. A hearing to address the preliminary injunction of the ban will be heard by a judge in New York Supreme Court on October 18, but the ban is on hold at least until a judge rules on the litigation.

"It is undeniable that the vaping industry is using flavored e-cigarettes to get young people hooked on potentially dangerous and deadly products. While the court's ruling temporarily delays our scheduled enforcement of this ban, it will not deter us from using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis. Make no mistake: this is a public health emergency that demands immediate action to help ensure the well-being of our children, and we're confident that once the court hears our argument they will agree," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement about the pending litigation.

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

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

More Massachusetts vape shop owners are suing the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker over its four-month ban on vape products , calling the move As Massachusetts begins a vape product sales ban amid health fears, the owners of Vapor Zone in Saugus are suing to have the ban lifted.

Massachusetts imposed a ban on sales of all e-cigarettes and supplies, both those used for tobacco and marijuana, which is legal in the state, citing a national public health emergency. U.S. health officials are investigating a mysterious vaping-related respiratory illness that has so far caused 12.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News speaking against the dangers of flavored vaping products among youth and recently signed legislation to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charles Baker declared a public health emergency to ban all online and retail sale of nicotine, flavored, non-flavored and marijuana vaping products to consumers in the state for four months.

A federal judge in Massachusetts heard arguments Friday in consideration of a temporary restraining order on the vaping ban. A group of vape store owners submitted a petition for a preliminary injunction on the 4-month product ban, claiming irreparable harm to their businesses and customers.

US District Court Judge Indira Talwani ordered an evidentiary hearing to rule on the preliminary injunction motion for October 15. In the meantime, Talwani has taken the temporary restraining order under advisement, but said Friday in open court that she was leaning in favor of allowing the government ban, according to Craig Rourke, who's representing the store owners.

A House bill could cap the concentration of nicotine in e-cigs

  A House bill could cap the concentration of nicotine in e-cigs As part of a growing effort to reduce teen vaping, US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) has proposed legislation that could put a cap on the concentration of nicotine in e-cigarettes, CNN reports. The bill would limit nicotine content to no more than 20 milligrams per milliliter. According to Krishnamoorthi's office, the goal is to make e-cigs "significantly less addictive and appealing to youth." The European Union enforces a similar cap, but the US does not currently have a national standard. According to CNN, Juul's five-percent pods have 59 mg/ml. Juul has said that's equivalent to the nicotine-per-puff ratio in a pack of cigarettes.

Despite condemnation from vape shops across the state, Gov. Charlie Baker’s sales ban on all vaping products is not going anywhere for the time being . U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani said Friday she was “leaning toward” denying a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the measure

See how store owners are reacting to states racing to ban vaping products . As reported by Reuters on Monday, several Massachusetts vape shop owners sued the state on “Every [vaping] business in New York would close within 30 days if they couldn’t sell 90 percent of what they sell,” Babaian said.

The vape store owners claim that the ban will cause them to lose on average, $4,000-$5,000 per week, per store, and force layoffs workers and eventually close their shops. In addition, the vape store owners said the statewide ban will force their customers to return to smoking cigarettes or obtain unregulated products.

Since the litigation was filed, the administration released an update to the ban that says sellers can still sell products to out-of-state consumers via the internet.

Rourke called the updated policy "illusory" because the ban still prohibits products from coming into Massachusetts, so he says sellers won't be able to maintain inventory or fill orders. Baker's office did not immediately respond to CNN for comment.

During the temporary ban, Baker announced that the administration will "work with medical experts, state and federal officials to better understand vaping illnesses and work on additional steps to address this public health crisis. This could include legislation and regulations," he said in a previous statement.

Juul Is Sued by School Districts That Say Vaping Is a Dangerous Drain on Their Resources

  Juul Is Sued by School Districts That Say Vaping Is a Dangerous Drain on Their Resources With school districts across the United States scrambling to reverse the rise of vaping among teenagers, three of them on Monday filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The school systems in St. Charles, Mo., Olathe, Kan.

Shops that have essentially been put out of business by the all-encompassing vape products ban in Massachusetts are suing the state. "This ban is a death sentence to all the shop owners ," Craig Rourke, an attorney who is representing the store owners , told ABC News Tuesday.

(Reuters) - Several vape shop owners are suing the state of Massachusetts for implementing a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products and asked the court to deem it “unconstitutional.” Massachusetts imposed a ban on sales of all e-cigarettes and supplies, both those used for tobacco

Other states considering bans

Other states are considering prohibiting the sale of vaping products.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday called for a statewide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol. The ban will not include tobacco-flavored products, according to the governor's office. Last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called an emergency ban on all flavored vaping products, including those that contain nicotine and THC.

Health officials in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have issued guidelines discouraging consumers from using vape products.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 1,080 probable cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 48 states and the US Virgin Islands as of October 1.

As of Friday, 21 deaths have been identified nationwide as part of the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping: two in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon, and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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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