Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Urges Lawmakers To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Governor opted against using an executive order to create the ban

 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday he wants to work with state lawmakers to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Opting against an executive order — the Republican said the best course of action was calling on the legislature for a ban. DeWine also is sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to follow through on banning flavored vaping products.

Those actions are among several measures DeWine is taking to crack down on teen vaping.

“Nothing is more important than safety for children,” DeWine declared at a news conference announcing the measures.

The announcement comes as the number of people confirmed to have become sick with severe lung illnesses in Ohio continues to rise. As of Tuesday afternoon, 22 cases in which people were hospitalized were confirmed. That includes a second case in Cuyahoga County, three cases in Summit and one in Portage County.

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