Illinois lawmakers to consider flavored vaping ban

The bill would also outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public spaces

Alex Degman
September 22, 2019 - 3:37 pm
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CHICAGO (KMOX/AP) -- Illinois lawmakers will consider legislation this fall that would outlaw flavored vaping products and ban electronic cigarette use in indoor public spaces. 

State Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park) sponsored the bill, saying it's become a "national health crisis." 

Federal health officials say more than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, though the cause remains unknown. Eight deaths have been reported, including one each in Illinois and Missouri.

New York and Michigan have already approved bans of flavored e-cigarettes. 

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he supports a ban. Lawmakers' fall session starts at the end of October.

Conroy says the concern is particularly geared toward young people. 

A committee hearing on the proposed legislation is planned for Monday in Chicago. Young students who have studied the issue are expected to testify.

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