PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island health officials held a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to permanently ban the sale of flavored vaping products statewide, reports the Insurance Journal.
Since September, Rhode Island has had a temporary ban of flavored vape products, and state health officials want to make it permanent. The state’s goal is to prevent teenagers and adolescents from vaping, given recent health concerns.
Federal health officials say there have been 55 vaping-related deaths across the country, including one in Rhode Island, and more than 2,500 vaping-related hospitalizations nationwide. The state Health Department is accepting public comments on the proposal until Jan. 26.
As reported in NACS Daily, last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the sale of e-liquid flavors used in open vaping systems and in disposable, single-use vape products.
For more on state and local flavor bans, see “The Flavor Ban Boom” in the January issue of NACS Magazine.