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WVa gov asked to end sales of flavored vaping products

November 13, 2019 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state senator has asked Gov. Jim Justice to end sales of flavored e-cigarette products.

Monongalia County Democrat Bob Beach asked Justice in a letter to issue an executive order declaring vaping to be a public health emergency.

A spokesman for the Republican governor didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman Allison Adler says there have been eight confirmed or probable cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping statewide.

In Beach’s home district, police in Morgantown said last week they identified a source of suspected heroin-laced vaping solutions while investigating overdoses that sickened two high school students.

The Trump administration in September proposed a nationwide ban on flavored e-cigarettes. An announcement from the Food and Drug Administration is expected soon.