HealthDay News — Los Angeles County and the state of Ohio are the latest to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, joining Massachusetts, Washington, Michigan, and New York, along with San Francisco.
The Los Angeles ban also includes flavored tobacco products, chewing tobacco, and menthol cigarettes, according to the Associated Press. The vote by the county’s Board of Supervisors was unanimous, despite objections from storekeepers and vaping advocates. The law goes into effect in 30 days and store owners have six months to pull flavored products from their shelves and apply for new licenses.
In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine has called for a law banning flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol. The statewide ban would not affect tobacco-flavored products, CNN reported.
“Young people are using the flavors to a very, very high percentage, so if we can eliminate the flavors, we think we can make some progress in regard to young people,” DeWine said during a press conference on Tuesday. “The flavors are what’s driving, to a great extent, the use of this product among young people.”