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Wyden takes a wack at vaping teens

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Oregon Health Authority investigates if vaping was responsible for the death of an Oregon resident in July, one Oregon senator claims he has a way to make it more difficult for teenagers to vape, and it’s the same strategy used on tobacco products.

Vape products are not currently regulated and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said that makes them dangerous.

Wyden said vaping is “exposing users to dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde.”

According to the OHA, 40 percent of high school seniors used e-cigarettes in 2018. Wyden said he will propose putting the same tax on vaping products as regular tobacco which would help reduce use among teenagers.

“Taxing e-cigarettes could give us the opportunity to achieve the same goal,” Wyden said.

Wyden said higher taxes on cigarettes resulted in significant reductions in the number of teenagers smoking. He said he’s also concerned that companies selling vape products are following the lead of “Big Tobacco” when they downplayed cancer risks early on to increase sales.

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