PORTLAND, Ore. — PRESS RELEASE — The Oregon Well being Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Handle Commission (OLCC) currently filed short-term guidelines that place into impact Gov. Kate Brown’s Oct. four executive order banning all flavored vaping item sales in the state.
The short-term guidelines, which will stay in impact for six months beginning Oct. 15, prohibit the sale of all flavored vaping products—including on the web sales—to buyers in Oregon. The ban covers all tobacco and cannabis (marijuana and hemp) vaping items that include organic or artificial flavors like, but not restricted to, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, menthol, mint, wintergreen, vanilla, honey, coconut, licorice, nuts, fruit, any candy, dessert, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, herb or spice.
Tobacco-flavored tobacco or nicotine items, as nicely as marijuana-flavored marijuana or THC items that use only marijuana-derived flavorings, like terpenes, are not incorporated in the ban.
Retailers identified violating the short-term guidelines will obtain a warning letter and suggestions on coming into compliance. Continued violations could outcome in civil penalties of up to $500 per day, per violation. In addition, cannabis retailers or processors could face violations up to and like cancellation of their license.
Added elements of vaping items could be banned in the future. The governor’s executive order directs OHA and OLCC to “take quick action and adopt more emergency rules” to prohibit any chemical or contaminant identified to have brought on or contributed to vaping-linked lung injuries getting investigated in Oregon and 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are nine instances of this illness in Oregon, like two deaths.
OHA and OLCC officials say the short-term guidelines filed currently are considerable actions toward stemming the nicely-documented tide of e-cigarette use and vaping by youth, as nicely as maintaining items that could expose folks to unsafe chemical substances and other contaminants off shop shelves.
Amongst Oregon higher college students who use e-cigarettes exclusively, almost 90 % use flavored e-cigarette items, OHA identified. And there is powerful proof that e-cigarettes raise youth nicotine addiction and raise the threat that youth will get started making use of combustible tobacco such as cigarettes.
“We have been warning Oregonians about the wellness effects of these items prior to this present outbreak of significant lung injury added extra proof of the dangers of vaping,” mentioned Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., wellness officer and state epidemiologist. “These guidelines cease the sale of a potentially harmful item, and they’re component of a extensive method to curbing youth vaping and more instances of vaping-linked lung injuries.”
He points to more directives in the Governor’s executive order that get in touch with on OHA and OLCC to create customer warnings for THC and non-THC items expand uncomplicated access to FDA-authorized cessation sources implement a statewide prevention and education campaign and submit legislative proposals with lengthy-term options to lessen public wellness harms from vaping.
The short-term guidelines have an effect on not only OLCC recreational marijuana licensed retailers and processors, but also alcohol licensees that sell nicotine vaping items, like retailers that sell beer and wine, bars and taverns, and liquor shop agents.
The OLCC mentioned the flavor ban is just the most recent step in its evolution from focusing on public security to an agency with an equivalent concentrate on customer protection. Via improved evaluation of items sold in the OLCC-licensed retail market place and the improvement of testing capacity, the OLCC will continue to perform to refine customer item disclosure.
“This Commission is functioning quite tough to assure the cannabis market can develop, thrive and compete in the Oregon marketplace,” mentioned Paul Rosenbaum, chair of the OLCC. “We are performing so with a clear concentrate on the integrity of the marketplace for corporations, buyers and public security. Even so, it is our overwhelming duty to safeguard public wellness and our buyers from undue threat. This agency’s speedy and nimble action to implement the Governor’s executive order is specifically why regulated cannabis will constantly be a superior customer option more than illegal markets.”
Added guidelines had been filed earlier this week. On Wednesday, OHA filed short-term guidelines that demand wellness care providers to report hospitalizations and deaths due to “vaping-linked lung injury.” Physicians have lengthy had to report “uncommon illness of prospective public wellness significance,” but the new guidelines are intended to lessen confusion by particularly naming this new lung illness as reportable by Oregon law to public wellness agencies.
Due to the ongoing investigation of vaping-linked lung injuries, OHA wellness officials continue to advise folks cease vaping quickly. These experiencing symptoms of the illnesses, such as shortness of breath, cough or chest discomfort must quickly seek healthcare focus.
These needing enable quitting vaping cannabis and nicotine can take benefit of a assortment of cessation solutions, like the Oregon Quit Line, Truth Initiative, Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Helpline, and SAMHSA’s National Helpline. Facts is out there at healthoregon.org/vaping.