Given a lack of regulation from the federal government, some local governments have stepped in. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently outlawed the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in Michigan (see “Vaping & Public Health Policy” sidebar below). This announcement was lauded by officials from the American Heart Association and the American Thoracic Society. In Vermont, a state law was recently passed increasing the age required to buy e-cigarettes to 21.
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Aside from identifying patients with VAPI, we can begin to educate patients about the potential harms from vaping. If patients are unwilling or unable to abstain from vaping, they should avoid using adulterated vaping liquid or products containing tetrahydrocannabinol. For patients seeking to stop smoking, vaping should not be viewed as an aid; cessation strategies that have definitively been proven to be less dangerous should be tried first.
Vaping and Public Health Policy
In early September, Michigan became the first state to ban the sale of e-cigarette products under emergency rules ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Early news reports indicated the directive could spark legal challenges but would be implemented under a “finding of emergency” issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Aug. 30.
The vaping issue is one of many public health concerns being tackled by emergency physicians who hold influential roles, including Joneigh Khaldun, MD, FACEP, chief deputy director for health for Michigan. Dr. Khaldun will be talking about her role as one of panelists for the ACEP19 Opening General Session at 8 a.m. on Oct. 27 in Denver.
Dr. Farkas is assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington.