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NEW JERSEY: (HEADS UP!) Governor Murphy @GovMurphy issued Exec Order Thurs. calling for vaping task force to issue restrictions in 3 weeks. Conflates nicotine devices with illegal street vapes causing illness, urges all NJ residents to stop ANY vaping.
NEW YORK STATE: (HEADS UP!) Gov. Cuomo @NYGovCuomo issued exec order for DOH commish Zucker to hold an emergency meeting w/PHHPC this week to ban flavored vapor products & more. At press confr. decries teen vaping uptick, ignores record low 5.8% smoking.
SAN JOSE, CA: (HEADS UP!) Councilwoman Carrasco @CM_Magdalena puts out memo calling for San Francisco-style ban on all vapor products (even tobacco-flavored) and flavored tobacco.
CALIFORNIA: (HEADS UP!) Gov. Newsom @CAgovernor issues exec order to CDPH to launch $20 mill statewide awareness campaign of vaping risks, remove counterfeit/illegal products, possible tax stamp/enforcement. Says he supports bill to ban flavors next session.
EXPERT OPINION: Former vice president and legislative counsel for the American Heart Association and chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health, Scott Ballin, says the message being sent on the federal level about nicotine vaping is “irresponsible.”
SAN JOSE, CA: (HEADS UP!) Councilwoman Carrasco @CM_Magdalena puts out memo calling for San Francisco-style ban on all vapor products (even tobacco-flavored) and flavored tobacco. Flavors that ADULTS use to keep from relapsing to smoking!
EDITORIAL: (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Regulating e-cigarettes requires a scalpel, not a hammer–Instead of turning to prohibition to address vaping, regulation of e-cigarettes needs to be careful and nuanced.