Parson calls for public awareness campaigns on vaping, holds off on ban

In Missouri, there have been about two dozen vaping-related illnesses and one death.

Michael Calhoun
October 15, 2019 - 11:55 am
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

Missouri Governor's Office


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Gov. Mike Parson says he doesn't have any plans to ban e-cigarette sales in Missouri but does want a public awareness campaign to discourage vaping. 

In a press conference on Tuesday, Parson was asked if there needs to be a crack-down on illegal vape cartridges, like those with THC. 

"I think we're going to take a real serious look at that, but again, I think some of the other things we're going to have to do is go through the legislative process so they're going to have to be a part of the solution. So that's going to be a topic I would say, I hope will be a priority with legislators this year," Parson said.

He ordered the public awareness campaign to launch in 30 days. 

Related: Missouri vaping illness cases continue to rise

There've been 1,300 lung illnesses reported nationwide connected to vaping, and 26 deaths. In Missouri, the numbers are about two dozen illnesses and one death.

Watch the governor's press conference here: 

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