Missouri vaping illness cases continue to rise

How are St. Louis city and county officials responding?

Kevin Killeen
October 10, 2019 - 3:33 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As new numbers on vaping from the Missouri Department of Health roll in, Saint Louis Health Department officials say they are not ready to recommend bans.

Twenty-two people sickened statewide and one death, which was reported last month are enough for some cities to consider bans on vaping products.  

"Just because you don't act [immediately] doesn't mean you are not being proactive," says Craig Schmidt with the St. Louis Health Department.

Related: Number of vaping illnesses in St. Louis region on the rise

He says they are looking at all the data to know what the situation is before making a recommendation. Twenty-four people have died from vaping nationwide, with some 1,100 illnesses. 

St. Louis County has no plans for a ban on the sale of vaping products.

"(County Executive) Sam Page and the County Council are discussing what steps can be taken," a public spokesman told KMOX. That spokesman also noted Page has already signed a bill upping the penalty for retailers who sell e-cigarettes to minors.

Related: Teen e-cigarette vaping law to be signed by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page