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Gov. Kate Brown, seated at table, ceremonially signs House Bill 2017 at the Ontario Train Depot during her stop in Malheur County Monday. Looking on, from left, are Ontario Mayor Ron Verini, Malheur County Economic Development Director Greg Smith (behind Verini), Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton; Harney County Commissioner Mark Owen; Baker County Commissioner Bill Harvey, Malheur County Commissioner Larry Wilson; Grant Kitamura, Baker-Murakami Produce and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario.

SALEM — As reports of deaths and illness related to vaping continue to make headlines, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has taken action to prevent further cases.

Through Executive Order 19-09, Brown has directed state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, including certain additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death.

Through the order, Brown says she seeks to protect the health of all Oregonians.

“By keeping potentially unsafe products off of store shelves and out of the hands of Oregon’s children and youth, we prevent exposing more people to potentially dangerous chemical compounds, and help lessen the chance of further tragedy for any other Oregon family,” says Brown in a news release.

The order calls for the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to enact a 180-day ban on the sale of all flavored vaping products, using their emergency rulemaking authority.

In the order, Brown also calls for a ban on ingredients identified as causes of related illness and death, and would require mandatory testing, warnings and disclosures to be issued within 90 days of the order.

Brown further urges her constituents not to use vaping products until more is learned about their health effects.

“Until we know more about what is causing this illness, please, do not vape. Encourage your friends and family members to stop vaping immediately. Talk to your children about the dangers of vaping. The risks are far too high.”

According to the Governor’s office, Oregon teens choose E-cigarettes more often than any other tobacco product, with 23 percent of 11th graders saying they have used an E-cigarette in 2019, up from 13 percent in 2017.

Brown further urges the federal government to act on this matter, citing marketing of vaping tools to young people.

“This order will help protect Oregon households in the short term, but federal action is long overdue to address this national public health crisis,” said Gov. Brown. “It’s time for the FDA to regulate flavored vaping products and other additives for what they are: products that are addictive, dangerous, and targeted squarely at our youth.”

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