Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joe Vitale backed Senate President Steve Sweeney’s proposed ban on all electronic cigarette products Wednesday.
“It’s clear that flavored and non-flavored vaping products, including e-cigarettes, pose a severe and immediate health risk for communities and young people across the nation,” Vitale said. “I am glad the Senate President has committed to pursuing this issue with the urgency and focus that it requires.”
Sweeney’s proposed ban comes amidst a spate of e-cigarette-related illnesses across the nation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, health officials are investigating more than 450 instances of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses, six of which have resulted in deaths, across the nation.
Three instances of such illnesses have been confirmed in New Jersey, and 19 others are under investigation.
Officials have yet to tie the illnesses to any specific product.
“I look forward to working with Senator Sweeney, Senator Turner and the rest of our colleagues in order to find swift and responsible solutions that will keep New Jerseyans, especially our youth, healthy and safe,” Vitale said.