Contra Costa County to consider banning e-cigarette sales


MARTINEZ — As more and more information piles up about the dangers of vaping, Contra Costa County soon may join other Bay Area cities and counties tackling the problem by banning sales of vaping products.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is to consider approving an ordinance that would prohibit selling or delivering vaping products — either tobacco or marijuana — and ban the sale of flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes in unincorporated parts of the county.

“Nationwide, electronic cigarette and electronic smoking device use has increased at alarming rates since the first electronic smoking device products became available about 10 years ago,” county staff wrote in a memo for Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. “While there have been many successful efforts to reduce underage tobacco use, the growing availability of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products has reversed positive trends in public health.”

Across the country, 2,051 cases of lung injuries and 39 deaths of people with a history of using e-cigarettes — including cannabis vaping products — have been confirmed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC this week announced that its analysis of 29 cases found the presence of vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing products.

Federal law requires the Food and Drug Administration to review and authorize new tobacco products before they go to market, but the agency in 2017 advised giving vaping product makers more time to submit applications for review. While a federal district court recently ordered those applications to be filed by May 2020, county staff wrote in the memo “it is still not clear how or when the FDA will conduct the required premarket reviews for the numerous unapproved products currently on the market.”

Many local government bodies, including those in the Bay Area, have taken …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business

      

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