October 14th, 2019
Why is Vaping Being Banned?
Across the United States there has been a movement to ban the sale and/or use of e-cigarettes in both public and private venues. All this has followed after the Center for Disease Control has received numerous reports of lung injuries, illnesses and at least 24 confirmed deaths. The number of lung-related injury and illnesses has exceeded 1000. Some of the bans are temporary in the form of executive orders prohibiting the sale of flavored vape products while others are statutes and codes.
What is in Vape Juice?
E-cigarettes are refillable. Some use vape juice purchased by the tube while others are refillable with pods. The refill vape juice may be purchased from many different makers and may contain a number of different additive and/or chemicals. There are various additives that produce the various ‘flavors’ of vape juice. In addition to these chemicals vape juice typically contains nicotine and may also contain CBD oil and/or THC. According to a study performed by the Journal of Pediatrics, they found numerous carcinogens such as formaldehyde (embalming fluid), acrolein (algaecide), and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) in vape juice. The refills known as Juul pods have been found to contain as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes.
Why is Vaping Banned in Some Places?
Due to the large number of lung injuries and alarming growing number of deaths associated with vape use, many city and state governments have enacted temporary or permanent sale bans and/or use restrictions. A large percentage of the reports have been linked specifically to the use of vape juice containing THC. However, the injury reports are not exclusively associated with use of the vape juice containing THC nor do they appear to come exclusively from users of street-purchased link juice. Some of the bans are aimed at giving the Center for Disease Control more time to research the causal relationship between vaping and the illnesses and deaths while the other bans target the sale of flavored vapes due to their appeal towards under-aged users.
Where is Vaping Banned?
The number of vape bans is growing very quickly. Here is a timeline of the recent bans:
- On June 25th, 2019, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of all e-cigarettes.
- On September 4th, 2019, Michigan passes ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
- On September 17, 2019. New York passes ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
- On September 18, 2019, India becomes the first country to pass a nation-wide ban of e-cigarettes citing U.S. deaths.
- On September 25, 2019, Massachusetts passes a 4-month ban on the sale of all e-cigarette products to give researchers time to investigate the effects of e-cigarette use and related illnesses.
- On October 1st, 2019, the University of Texas A&M bans e-cigarettes and vaping due to rising death reports and health issues.
- On October 1st, 2019, Los Angeles County bans vaping and flavored tobacco products, including: e-cigarettes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco due to the appeal to kids.
- October 4th, 2019, the State of Oregon placed a six-month ban on the sale of all flavored-vape products.
Talk to an Attorney
If you have suffered a serious lung injury or illness as a result of vaping, a juul class action attorney may be able to help. Call (713) 932-0777 to learn more.
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Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017-2019, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give educational talks and media interviews regarding personal injury law issues..