California governor who called youth vaping an ‘epidemic’ orders public awareness campaign

California governor who called youth vaping an ‘epidemic’ orders public awareness campaign

California‘s governor on Monday ordered a public awareness campaign on health risks from vaping, part of a multi-pronged effort to combat what he call

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California‘s governor on Monday ordered a public awareness campaign on health risks from vaping, part of a multi-pronged effort to combat what he called a “youth epidemic,” but said he lacked authority to impose a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.Story continues below

Governor Gavin Newsom, acting a day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced such a ban, became the latest politician seeking to crack down on e-cigarettes and other electronic inhaling – or vaping – devices, which have exposed a new generation of young people to nicotine hazards.READ MORE: Vape brands possibly linked to lung illnesses widely available for sale online“We must take immediate action to meet the urgency behind this public health crisis and youth epidemic,” said Newsom, who leads the most populous U.S. state.Public health officials have said fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are luring millions of teenagers into using vaping products and becoming addicted to the nicotine they contain.The clamor for action has been spurred by a recent nationwide spate of sometimes deadly lung illnesses that U.S. health officials have linked to vaping of both nicotine and cannabis products.WATCH: Canada’s party leaders react to dangers of vaping

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