LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz Tuesday proposed banning electronic cigarette devices and products from being sold throughout the city.
The ban would put a halt on sales until vaping products are approved by the federal government and deemed safe.
“The reports of illness and death caused by unregulated vaping devices is a public health crisis,” Koretz’s motion says. “The city of Los Angeles is not content to wait and do nothing as the numbers of illnesses and even deaths associated with unregulated vaping devices increases daily.”
The motion noted similar steps San Francisco has already taken in banning e-cigarette products.
As of Oct. 1, there had been more than 1,000 reports of vaping-related illnesses throughout the country and eight deaths associated with vaping nationwide, one of which occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The death marked the first overall vaping-related fatality in L.A. County.
All patients reported using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Most patients reported a history of using THC-containing products or cannabis.
A total of 12 cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury, or VAPI, have been reported in Los Angeles County, officials said. In all but one of those cases, the patients had a “history of using [a] cannabis or marijuana-type product,” specifically THC, which is the active chemical in marijuana.
Published: October 08, 2019
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