Oregon marijuana retailers on Thursday began removing vaping products from their shelves and offering returns on previously purchased vape pens amid a nationwide scare over severe lung illnesses and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes.
Efforts to ban flavoured e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year even as one state, Michigan, moves ahead with its own restrictions and U.S. President Donald Trump promises federal ones.
The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavours used in e-cigarettes, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide.
Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavoured electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavours and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine."
As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products. No deaths have been reported, but at least a few have come close.