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ICYMI: Montana Pediatricians, Editorial Boards Support Ban on Flavored Vapes to Address Public Health Emergency

Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Categories: Former Governors/Tags:

Following the announcement of emergency rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, Montana pediatricians and editorial boards have expressed support for the decision to address e-cigarette use widely marketed to and used by young people while authorities continue to investigate the cause of critical vaping-related illness in Montana and across the country.

 

Montana Pediatricians and Others:

The recent outbreak of severe lung disease has served to highlight how much we don’t yet know about the health effects of vaping. These products are not safe. We, your pediatricians, are ringing the alarm bells. We applaud Governor Bullock’s initiative to reduce the appeal of vaping to children, and feel it is an important start to the hard look we must take at the human cost of this growing threat. – Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing more than 120 pediatricians in Montana (View)

Kids who start vaping are more likely to smoke cigarettes later. And tobacco companies’ arguments that vaping is safer than smoking are entirely hollow: We are hooking kids on something with a known addictive substance that impairs brain development (nicotine), known carcinogens in the vapor, and with a known association with severe lung disease. These are anything but safe. Thank you to the governor for taking action. – John Cole, MD, Kalispell (View)

As a pediatric provider in Bozeman, I support the temporary ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Currently our inaction has created a new generation of nicotine addicted children who will go on to suffer from tobacco related diseases. The children of the state of Montana depend on us to make the right decision. – Lynne Foss, pediatric nurse practitioner, Bozeman (View)

As local pediatric providers at Western Montana Clinic, we are writing in strong support of Gov. Steve Bullock’s recent ban on the sale of flavored vaping products in Montana. The recent outbreak of severe lung disease associated with vaping has served to illustrate that there are real dangers associated with vaping, the extent of which are not yet fully understood. – MDs Dirk Gottman, Jennifer Hall, Megan Kuchel, Jennifer Reck, Josh Sticka, Lauren Willis, Missoula (View)

As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I’m an advocate for reducing tobacco use in Montana and I am encouraged by Gov. Bullock’s recent actions to champion the issue by using emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes – Kim Smarsh, Miles City (View)

 

Montana Newspaper Editorials:

Publicity about the severe, sometimes fatal, lung illness linked to vaping has finally got people's attention for the warnings pediatricians have been sounding for years. Bullock's ban calls attention to the urgency of preventing today's young people from risking their health on products that haven't been proven safe and may ultimately be as dangerous as cigarettes. – Billings Gazette Editorial Board (View)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is commended for imposing a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products. There is enough evidence these products cause serious illness to warrant the ban. And teens, in particular, should be protected from this risk until we know more. – Bozeman Chronicle Editorial Board (View)

Gov. Steve Bullock recently announced Montana will implement a 120-day ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, which is a wise move. Throughout the nation, vaping has recently been linked to more than 1,000 cases of severe lung disease and 21 deaths. However, authorities have not yet determined which products or chemicals are causing the problem. Until that happens, it’s important for government officials to do what they can to keep vaping products away from children. – Helena Independent Record Editorial Board (View)

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