SC senator calls for public health emergency, temporary ban of vapes, e-cigarettes
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina senator is calling for a ban on all vape products and a public health emergency while officials investigate possible health effects, according to WCSC.
Sen. Darrell Jackson said, “We have to get a grasp on what exactly it is about these chemicals that is making people so sick. A four-month ban will buy us time to study if these products are hurting South Carolinians.”
The senator issued his call with a letter to the governor on Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were more than 805 cases of lung injury connected to the use of e-cigarettes or vapes across nearly every state and 13 deaths had been reported.
“No single product or substance has been linked to all lung injury cases. More information is needed to know whether a single product, substance, brand, or method of use is responsible for the outbreak.” the CDC says.
In South Carolina, there have been 10 confirmed or probable cases of severe pulmonary illnesses connected with e-cigarette or vape use, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.