Banning flavored vapes won’t stop deadly lung disease

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As the number of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes continues to rise, lawmakers and governors in states across the country are pushing for regulations on the products — including bans on flavors and increased oversight of counterfeit cartridges. But well-intentioned as they may be, it’s not clear that the proposals are targeting the source of the problem, or what kind of public health benefits they’ll have in the future.

“I think the best regulations are those that are informed by science. That isn’t the case here,” says Thomas Eissenberg, co-director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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