American Lung Association Reacts to Governor Baker’s Emergency Declaration Ending the Sale of E-Cigarette Products
(September 24, 2019) - Boston, MA
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced an emergency declaration to temporarily end the sale of all vaping products in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
"In the absence of strong federal action especially by the FDA, states are being forced to make decisions to protect the health of children and adults from a vaping-related public health emergency,” said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “Governor Baker’s announcement reinforces the need for the FDA to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes in order to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local departments of health continue to investigate the hundreds of cases of lung injury from e-cigarettes, the American Lung Association once again urges all Americans to stop using e-cigarettes.
“Following a report from the CDC that 27.5% of kids are using e-cigarettes and that many are initiated with flavored products, we also call on the Massachusetts legislature to pass a law prohibiting the sale of all flavored tobacco products," Wimmer said.
The current emergency ban will be in place until January 25, 2020 and applies to all online and retail store sales of vaping products and devices.
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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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