As of today, Ohio Public Health officials are investigating nearly a dozen cases of respiratory illnesses that could be linked to vaping. Nationally, more than 200 similar cases with possible vaping links have been reported from 25 states. Dr. Mark Hurst, medical director for the Ohio Department of Health, tells ABC6, "Vaping hasn't been around that long, so we don't know what the long term effects of them might be but we know there are areas that we can be concerned about."
James Jarvis of the Ohio Vape Trade Association disagrees -- click here to listen with our free iHeartRadio app.
Jarvis says children should never get a hold of vaping products and that Ohio vape shops take great efforts to prevent under age purchases. He believes the problem with these reports of respiratory problems are linked to black market, street vaping cartridges with CBD or THC products. And, it appears he's right. Following our conversation on The Scott Sands Show, multiple media outlets began to report a link to Vitamin E contaminants found in substandard liquids.
However, that hasn't stopped Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer who Wednesday used her executive authority to ban flavored vaping products for at least six months. Whitmer claims flavored liquids attract teen to start vaping. Jarvis counters by saying flavored e-liquids are a great way for adults to stop more harmful cigarette smoking.
Michigan joins a growing list of states attacking vape shops and vape users, which critics say is harmful to children. San Francisco became the first city to ban sales of flavored e-cig products. Lawmakers in Boulder passed a similar measure last week.
Jarvis tells The Scott Sands Show this is a prime example of government overreaching into an area where they have very little understanding of the truth, and will be harmful to thousands of small business owners around the country. If banned, he believes adults will return to more deadly combustible smoking habits.