State Senator Bob Beach is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to declare a public health emergency to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
In a letter to Justice, Beach cited the recent overdose of two Morgantown teens on chemical-laced vape cartridges.
Beach said he wants to start the conversation about ending Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).
In response to those overdoses, police have arrested one juvenile and confiscated about 100 vape cartridges.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration have launched multi-state investigations into outbreaks of severe lung disease believed to be caused by the use of vape products. The West Virginia State Health Officer has also issued a written warning about potential abuse effects of the devices.
Senator Beach is asking the governor to align West Virginia with a future federal policy that would ban flavored e-cigarettes and menthol-flavored products.