Scott Young, News Editor
After weeks of news stories on the negative impacts of vaping products, several states have passed laws banning their sale – and Alabama may follow.
Alabama State Rep. Shane Stringer told ABC 33/40 that he is considering legislation to ban e-cigarettes in the state until the Food and Drug Administration takes action on vaping.
“This has become an epidemic in the last year or two,” said Stringer. “We’ve got to have more regulation and more accountability to deal with these vapes and the vaping industry.”
Fourteen deaths related to vaping have been reported throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control is now saying that vaping products containing THC is playing a role in the outbreak of deaths.
Stringer plans to meet with state health leaders soon to discuss what should be included in that potential legislation.
State Sen. Bobby Singleton said that he is open to a potential ban on vaping if the research supports the idea.
“I want to hear something from UAB, and the national institute of health, let’s get some real numbers and see what’s happening with our children,” added Singleton.
The CDC has warned Americans against using e-cigarettes or vaping products and that anyone who chooses to buy the product should not buy it off the street.
“People need to understand that e-cigarettes are potentially dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the John Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. “You’re exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals that we don’t yet understand and that are probably not safe.”