Comptroller Peter Franchot is launching a task force – title “e-facts” to study the public health and public safety impacts of electronic smoking devices (ESD).
These devices, which are commonly known as vapes or e-cigs, have been recently tied to deadly lung diseases and illnesses for which much information remains unknown.
From the news release:
The Comptroller will ask the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and the President of the Maryland Senate to appoint two members from their respective chambers to serve on the task force. Other members will represent local governments, public health institutions, public health and safety experts, Maryland businesses, industry representatives, and the education community.
This new task force – titled “e-facts” – will convene later this fall and will continue into early 2020. The task force directives will be:
- To achieve a better understanding of the nature and characteristics of ESDs, including the distinctions between various products within the marketplace;
- To gain a comprehensive picture of the public health and safety of ESDs and commercial effects of product sales in Maryland; and,
- To recommend new and stronger laws to ensure that consumers – particularly young people – are protected.
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Vaping will also be a topic of discussion at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Clearing the Air: A Closer Look at Vaping,” on Wednesday, December 4.
The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” will be held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.
Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: