LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz Tuesday proposed banning electronic cigarette devices and goods from becoming sold all through the city.
The ban would place a halt on sales till vaping goods are authorized by the federal government and deemed secure.
“The reports of illness and death triggered by unregulated vaping devices is a public well being crisis,” Koretz’s motion says. “The city of Los Angeles is not content material to wait and do nothing at all as the numbers of illnesses and even deaths linked with unregulated vaping devices increases every day.”
The motion noted equivalent measures San Francisco has currently taken in banning e-cigarette goods.
As of Oct. 1, there had been much more than 1,000 reports of vaping-connected illnesses all through the nation and eight deaths linked with vaping nationwide, a single of which occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the Centers for Illness Handle and Prevention.
The death marked the 1st general vaping-connected fatality in L.A. County.
All sufferers reported applying e-cigarette, or vaping, goods. Most sufferers reported a history of applying THC-containing goods or cannabis.
A total of 12 situations of vaping-linked pulmonary injury, or VAPI, have been reported in Los Angeles County, officials mentioned. In all but a single of these situations, the sufferers had a “history of applying [a] cannabis or marijuana-sort item,” especially THC, which is the active chemical in marijuana.
Final month, Los Angeles City Lawyer Mike Feuer known as for a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco goods.
“Flavored tobacco plays an outsized part in the vaping epidemic confronting our youth and has lengthy been a issue in rising demand for standard tobacco goods,” Feuer mentioned then. “Enacting a citywide ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco goods is the finest way to safeguard our youth and safeguard the basic public from substantial well being dangers.”
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, which had been applying criminal investigators to examine illnesses connected to applying vaping goods, reported that some contained myclobutanil, a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously final week to adopt an ordinance banning flavored tobacco goods, such as menthol, and to get in touch with on Gov. Gavin Newsom to pass a statewide ban on vaping.
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