As news coverage of e-cigarette related illnesses has faded into the background, the U.S. House of Representatives took a major step last week by passing the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act, which bans all sales of flavored vape as well as tobacco products, namely menthol cigarettes.
Adding to the list of potential health hazards of “vaping,” a research team at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health has discovered a biocontaminant in JUUL vape oil that can lead to serious, long-term respiratory damage.
In April, a 20-year-old woman from Arizona suffered severe burn injuries. Driving her pickup at the time, the accident caused her to run into a tree, resulting in broken legs and pelvis. An officer at the scene said that when he opened the door to the cab, “the whole inside...was on fire.”
This week, the Allegheny County Council voted to ban e-cigarette use in public spaces, being the second county in Pennsylvania to do so. The practice of “vaping” is no longer permitted in offices and other indoor workplaces, schools, indoor sports and entertainment venues, health care facilities and bus and train stations.
Earlier this week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of an Indiana law regulating the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping liquids. The law was considered controversial, because it applied to manufacturers operating outside of Indiana, which the court ruled was “unconstitutional.” Furthermore, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into how the law was written and passed – and whether or not it illegally favored in-state manufacturers by shutting out-of-state companies out of the Indiana market.