Ohio governor asks lawmakers to ban flavored vape products

Ohio governor asks lawmakers to ban flavored vape products
North Port plans to ban the sales of vaping products to anyone under the age of 21. (Source: wwsb)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has asked lawmakers to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products as concerns grow about the health effects of vaping.

DeWine, a Republican, said Tuesday the ban is needed to protect children from addiction. Although other states have issued emergency bans, DeWine said he doesn't have such authority and is seeking legislation.

One such Ohio bill was already introduced last week, banning the sale of flavored vaping products and creating a committee to study the effects of vaping products on health.

The Ohio Health Department has identified 22 cases of severe breathing illnesses likely caused by vaping, and is investigating 19 additional cases.

More than 800 cases of similar lung illness have been reported across the U.S., including several deaths.