ARIZONA NEWS

Valley experts weigh in on flavored vaping ban

Jan 3, 2020, 4:45 AM

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)...

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PHOENIX — Valley experts are weighing in on the Trump administration’s move to ban some flavored electronic cigarettes that are popular with teens.

The Trump administration announced Thursday it will temporarily prohibit the sale of closed cartridge e-cigarettes that are mint or fruit flavored, like those sold by the biggest e-cigarette company Juul. Those with tobacco or menthol flavors will still be allowed.

Companies that don’t stop manufacturing and selling these products risk enforcement action, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Daniel Brooks, medical director of the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix, called the ban “a step in the right direction to promote public health.”

“These products aren’t safe for use, period, and they definitely shouldn’t be used by adolescents and young kids,” Brooks said.

He said users are ending up in the hospital with lung illnesses caused by vaping. There have been 21 of these cases reported in Arizona, according to the state health department.

The ban comes several days after the federal legal age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, was raised from 18 to 21.

Amanda Wheeler, owner of two vape shops and the executive director of the Arizona Smoke Free Business Alliance that represents smoke shops across the state, said the ban “is a good compromise.”

She said it seeks to reduce teen vaping while also ensuring that adult users still have access to vape products.

She noted the ban does not extend to tank-based vaping devices that allow people to fill them up with flavored liquids.

“That’s very good news for small business owners, because those flavored products make up about 96 percent of our sales,” Wheeler said. “A ban on these flavored products would have put us out of business.”

Meanwhile, Dustin Pardini, associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, said the ban doesn’t go far enough. He said he’d like to see the ban include flavored liquids commonly sold in vape shops.

“If you go on the internet, you can easily find how you can refill a Juul cartridge with these flavored liquids that have not been banned,” he said.

“So the question is are youth just going to get the liquid and figure out a way to fill up a Juul device or another device with the flavored solutions that have not been banned?”

Pardini is the primary administrator of the Arizona Youth Survey, which every two years asks eighth, 10th and 12th graders across the state a variety of questions, including about the use of vaping products.

He said data collection for the next survey will begin next month. The survey will ask teens about the use of flavored products. The results should be released by the end of the summer.

“It’ll be interesting to see if we see an overall reduction in e-cigarette use,” he said.

Array

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A Pennsylvania woman hiking with her husband and young daughters died on a trail in Sedona. (Castle...

KTAR.com

Pennsylvania mom hiking with family dies on Sedona trail

A Pennsylvania woman hiking with her husband and young daughters died on a trail in Sedona, authorities said Monday.

36 minutes ago

A Phoenix man was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal possession of a firearm under indict...

KTAR.com

20-year-old Phoenix man indicted for trafficking drugs, illegal firearm possession

A Phoenix man was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal possessing a firearm under indictment and the intent to distribute fentanyl.

46 minutes ago

A massive renovation of the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale is complete after more than 18 mo...

KTAR.com

Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale completes renovation to 25-year-old facility

A massive renovation of the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale is complete after more than 18 months of construction.

56 minutes ago

Exterior view of Expertec in Gilbert. Expertec, a Canadian vehicle upfitting company, established i...

KTAR.com

Canadian vehicle upfitting company acquires Gilbert business to establish 1st US location

Expertec, a Canadian vehicle upfitting company, recently acquired a Phoenix-area business to establish its first U.S. location.

1 hour ago

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to wipe out all unfunded pension debt fo...

KTAR.com

Maricopa County votes to wipe out unfunded pension debt for retiring law enforcement

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to wipe out all unfunded pension debt for retiring law enforcement employees.

9 hours ago

A woman was rescued 36 hours after her car crashed about 200 feet down an embankment in Arizona. (P...

KTAR.com

Woman rescued 36 hours after car crashes 200 feet down embankment in Arizona

A woman was rescued 36 hours after her car crashed about 200 feet down an embankment in Arizona, authorities said Monday.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Valley experts weigh in on flavored vaping ban