UPDATE: DeWine seeks ban on flavored vape products in Ohio
UPDATE: 10/1/19 4:55 P.M.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has asked lawmakers to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products as concerns grow about the health effects of vaping.
DeWine, a Republican, said Tuesday the ban is needed to protect children from addiction. Although other states have issued emergency bans, DeWine said he doesn't have such authority and is seeking legislation.
One such Ohio bill was already introduced last week, banning the sale of flavored vaping products and creating a committee to study the effects of vaping products on health.
The Ohio Health Department has identified 22 cases of severe breathing illnesses likely caused by vaping, and is investigating 19 additional cases.
More than 800 cases of similar lung illness have been reported across the U.S., including several deaths.
An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill banning the sale of flavored vaping products as concerns grow about health effects of vaping.
The legislation introduced Monday by Rep. Tom Patton, a Republican from Strongsville in suburban Cleveland, would also create a committee to study the effects of vaping products on health.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has said he favors such a ban in Ohio.
The Ohio Health Department has identified 17 cases of severe breathing illnesses likely caused by vaping and is investigating 22 others.
U.S. health officials have said that more than 500 people have been diagnosed with breathing illnesses after using e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, with an eighth death reported last week.
Michigan and New York have both banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.