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New Jersey Lawmakers to Take Up Ban on Flavored E-cigarettes

The push comes after a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses

What to Know

  • Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees have scheduled hearings to consider legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
  • The push comes after a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.
  • More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March.

New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees have scheduled hearings for Thursday on the measure, which was first called for by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy last month.

The push comes after a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.

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Federal health officials recently announced a breakthrough into the cause of a mysterious outbreak, reporting that vitamin E acetate was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick.

Several states, including New York, have banned flavored e-cigarettes, or considered prohibiting them.

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