Government Plans To Ban Flavors Used In E-Cigarettes — Amid Vaping-Related Illnesses, Deaths

Sep 23, 2019

Last week, the FDA disclosed a criminal probe into electronic cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses climbed. The enforcement action dovetails with an ongoing Centers For Disease Control and Prevention investigation into vaping-related illness in the U.S. 

Five hundred thirty people with a history of vaping have been diagnosed with mysterious lung injuries. Eight people have died. Five of those cases are in Georgia, with another being investigated here.

Some states have proposed banning sales of nicotine oils and devices for minors ⁠— leading users to stockpile oils as they face what's being called the "Vapocalypse." 

Michael Eriksen is Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development and founding dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He's former director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC. He spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott for updates on vaping-related illnesses and deaths, as well as possible future solutions.

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