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Electronic Vaping Devices Face Potential Ban

Nov 6, 2019
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Members from the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health have requested an immediate moratorium on the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products within Columbia city limits.

The request came at Monday’s Columbia city council meeting. The board of health said their main concern is about the recent data found by the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. It reported that the use of e-cigarettes rose 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students. According to the NYTS, fruit, menthol/mint and candy flavors are the most popular among the youth.

Board Seeks to Snuff Sale of Flavored Vaping Products

Nov 4, 2019
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There should be an immediate moratorium on the sale of flavored vaping projects in Columbia until the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health can draft legislation that permanently regulates the products, according to a board report to the Columbia City Council.

The City Council will hear the report at its Monday meeting. The board is asking for the immediate moratorium and permission to draft the permanent legislation.

Board of Health Discusses Potential Ban on All Flavored E-Cigarettes

Oct 11, 2019
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The Columbia Board of Public Health unanimously passed a motion to have a letter about potential solutions to youth e-cigarette use drafted and sent to the Columbia City Council on Thursday.

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Juul and other e-cigarette makers are facing new limits on the sale of their products in the U.S. But internationally, vaping companies are looking to grow.

How governments regulate e-cigarettes varies wildly. In some countries, doctors recommend them as a useful method to quit smoking. In Thailand and other nations, they're banned as a public health menace.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the global climate for e-cigarettes.


Schnuck Markets Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of Jan. 1.

Suburban St. Louis-based Schnucks announced the move Thursday. Schnucks is the largest grocer in the St. Louis area and operates 115 stores overall in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. The privately held company already does not sell e-cigarettes or vaping products.

Health officials in eastern Missouri have added a seventh person to the list of Missourians diagnosed with lung illnesses related to vaping.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Jefferson County Health Department says a male between the ages of 15 and 24 was diagnosed Sept. 12 with "vaping associated pulmonary injury."

Health officials in the county, which is located south of St. Louis, say there have been 22 reports of vaping-related illness in Missouri, with seven cases confirmed as of Sept. 20.

Missouri Records First Vaping-Related Death

Sep 20, 2019
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A man in his mid-40s who died at a St. Louis hospital succumbed to a vaping-related illness, Missouri health officials announced Thursday.

The Missouri man is the state's first death related to an outbreak of lung disease linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping-related devices, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said. Eight vaping-related deaths have been recorded in the U.S.

CPS, Boone County Team Up for Anti-Vaping Campaign

Sep 17, 2019
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A marketing campaign to curb vaping among teenagers is about to launch with an emphasis on healthy lifestyles.

The campaign, called “Stand up for Your Own Health,” is a joint venture between Columbia Public Schools and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department.

Sarah Varvaro, an educator with the health department, organized a campaign over the summer with a kickoff this fall.

The campaign is funded through a grant from the county. Flyers, advertisements and social media posts are being created for middle and high schools in Boone County.

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Missouri health officials have confirmed two state residents are suffering from lung illnesses related to vaping, and seven other possible cases are being investigated.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the numbers Thursday but provided no other information.