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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Creates Task Force to Investigate Vaping Health Concerns

Murphy signed the order Thursday and announced it alongside officials including the state Senate president and Assembly Speaker

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    New Jersey Calls on Task Force to Combat Vaping Health Issues

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has created a task force to create a plan to combat e-cigarettes in the next few weeks. The move comes as health issues linked to vaping arise around the country.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 13, 2019)

    What to Know

    • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with recommendations on vaping.

    • Murphy signed the order Thursday and announced it alongside officials including the state Senate president and Assembly Speaker.

    • The order comes amid a nationwide scare over severe lung illness and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes.

    Calling it an urgent health hazard, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy implored Thursday residents to stop vaping and signed an order creating a task force that would address the scare over severe lung illness and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes across the country.

    "There is no safe vape," Murphy, a Democrat, said. "The only safe alternative to smoking is not smoking period full stop."

    Murphy signed the order privately but announced it alongside officials including the state Senate president Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who are also Democrats.

    The order comes a day after Republican President Donald Trump said the federal government would ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes.

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    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of a task force to investigate health concerns surrounding vaping. This comes as educators continue to warn students about the dangers of using electronic cigarettes. NBC10's Cydney Long has the story.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials have been investigating an outbreak that materialized in the Midwest in July.

    The illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, according to doctors. Six deaths have been reported, all adults and at least some with pre-existing lung problems.

    Murphy said the task force will consist of officials from across state government, and it will have until Oct. 3 to come up with a list of recommendations.

    Sweeney has called for phasing in a complete ban on vaping. Murphy didn't rule it out.

    To business owners who might run vape shops in the state, the first-term governor said the potential health risk outweighed commercial considerations.

    The deaths occurred in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.

    Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said he's demanding information from 15 e-cigarette companies to make sure they're in compliance with state law, particularly about how they market their products.