Governor Parson says Missouri has a problem with the number of young people smoking electronic cigarettes and the state is trying to get out in front of a problem that he says could explode. During a press conference, Parson says a multi-agency effort has formed to launch the Clear the Air campaign about the dangers of youth vaping. He says he’s not ready to commit to a ban on flavored vaping products and says it’s too early to consider any lawsuits against e-cigarette companies.
Parson wants the Legislature to consider potential measures to address vaping. So far, Missouri has had 35 vaping-related lung illnesses and two deaths linked to e-cigarette use.