Murphy creates panel to probe vaping health concerns

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September 12, 2019 - 4:40 pm
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order establishing a task force to come up with recommendations on vaping amid a nationwide scare over severe lung illness and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes.

Murphy signed the order Thursday and announced it alongside officials including the state Senate president and Assembly Speaker. All three are Democrats.

Murphy urged all residents not to vape. 

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"Many people have no idea what chemicals their vape pens is putting into their bodies. The FDA hasn't had the ability to fully test the safety of these products," Murphy said. 

The order comes a day after Republican President Donald Trump said the federal government would ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials have been investigating an outbreak that materialized in the Midwest in July. 

Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury. Six deaths have been reported, all adults and at least some with pre-existing lung problems.

The task force is expected to make a broad series of proposals, including recommending legislative and regulatory changes to protect young people form electronic cigarettes.  

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KYW Newsradio's John McDevitt contributed to this report. 

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