Local health advocates say, it’s time to ban flavored e-cigarettes


Making headlines across the nation, e-cigarette companies are now in the hot seat, getting the smoke.

“It’s time to come clean.”

Ritney Castine’s decade long crusade against tobacco companies is now turning to e-cigs.

“Let’s not pretend as though you are not marketing these products directly toward our young people” said Castine.

Wednesday, President Donald Trump and the FDA announced a policy that would require e-cigarette companies to take the products off the market.

“There’s been a very large cluster and cases of lung illness or pulmonary disease. We believe it is associated with e-cigarettes or vaping.”

Doctor Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health confirms, 9 people in the state have become sick, linked to the popular trend.

“The challenge has been for these products to remain in the hands of adults who are looking to stop or cut back on traditional cigarettes while not getting in the hands of young people” said Kanter.

Last week, the state department sounded the alarm to doctors, asking them to report any patients with vaping related illnesses. Now with a nationwide push to ban flavored e-cigarettes, health professionals like Castine says, it’s time.

“We need to slow down, step back and better understand this product and until we get to that point. I’m 100 percent comfortable with the president potentially being able to take these products off the market” said Castine.

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