Gov. Walz Responds To Report of Two Additional Deaths Due To Vaping

Gov. Walz Responds To Report of Two Additional Deaths Due To Vaping Click to Enlarge

The Minnesota Department of Health recently reported that two Minnesotans passed away from vaping-related injuries in September.

Governor Walz released a statement Wednesday in response saying in part, “that his heart is with the families, friends, and communities of these two Minnesotans. Seventy-three Minnesotans, who have experienced severe lung injury in this outbreak associated with vaping illegal THC over the past several months, is too many. In addition to these dramatic injuries, we are concerned about the long-term health impacts of vaping.”

Walz also directed his Administration to determine a set of bold 2020 policy options to combat vaping. The list of legislative options under consideration includes: raising the statewide legal age for tobacco to 21; prohibiting the internet sale of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products; prohibiting the sale of all flavored nicotine and tobacco products; and providing authority for MDH to declare a public health emergency in critical situations such as this in the future.

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