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Vermont considers banning sale of flavored vaping products

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Published: Sep. 26, 2019 at 10:04 AM EDT
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is calling on the Legislature to pass stricter laws on flavored e-cigarettes.

This comes after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker put a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products earlier this week.

Medical experts say several deaths and hundreds of illnesses across the country are linked to vaping, including 17 confirmed cases of illness here in Vermont.

Last week, Scott said he wants to wait for the federal government to make the first move on banning flavored e-cigarettes.

Now, at the state level, he says he wants to wait for the Legislature to take action and that he is not considering an all-out ban.

"I'm not sure an entire ban of vaping is in order, but I'm concerned about some of the flavored substances and the substances that are being injected into the vaping products," said Scott, R-Vermont.

In his State of the State address, the governor said he's concerned about the impact of e-cigarettes on young people in the state.

Vermont has already taken steps to tighten up on flavored vaping products like raising the purchasing age to 21 and also banning online sales.

Along with Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island have already instituted bans on flavored e-cigarettes.