Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) is planning on introducing legislation during the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session that would ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products in order to combat youth usage and emerging health dangers centered around vaping product use, according to a press release out this afternoon from the State of Rhode Island General Assembly.

“It’s undebatable that our country’s youth are using e-cigarettes and vaping devices at crisis levels and that their health is in direct danger from using these products.  It is also not debatable that the allure of many youth to vaping comes from the wide-variety of candy-like and fruit flavors that are being offered with the expressed purpose of hooking a new generation on these dangerous products.  Simply put, these products need to be taken off the shelves for the health and safety of our children,” said Representative Casimiro in the release.

Representative Casimiro’s legislation will reportedly be modeled on a recently imposed ban in Michigan, the first state in the country to take such action.

“These devices and products are relatively new in the marketplace and not one expert or doctor knows the potential dangers of using these products, especially in regard to the still-developing bodies of our kids.  Combine this with the deceptive marketing practices that are labeling vaping products as safer than cigarettes, I feel direct legislative action is needed in order to combat this growing public health emergency,” concluded Representative Casimiro.

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