Nassau mom pushes for e-cigarette ban as Congress grills FDA, CDC

A Nassau mom has made it her mission to push for a ban on electronic cigarettes after her 19-year-old son became ill.

News 12 Staff

Sep 25, 2019, 9:36 PM

Updated 1,721 days ago

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Laurie Ann Davis, of Bethpage, says her son started having heart and lung problems that his doctors believe were brought on by vaping.
"I'm still terrified because even though I try to keep busy in the back of my mind, I don't know what the long-term effects are going to be," says Davis.
Nationally, there are about 530 vaping-related cases and nine deaths currently being investigated.
This all comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration testified before a congressional committee. The FDA's acting commissioner was grilled about the agency dropping the ball on regulating the e-cigarette industry.
"How far is the FDA willing to go to protect public health? If the scientific data requires more aggressive moves then we'll take them. How far? We could ban all flavors," said Dr. Ned Sharpless, acting commissioner of the FDA.
Some local vape shop owners say they feel they are being unfairly targeted, arguing that many of the people who are getting sick have been using black market THC pens and not regular e-cigarettes.
New York's ban on most flavored vaping products goes into effect next Friday and expires in 90 days unless it's renewed.


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