STREET. SO FAR NO REPORTS OF ANY
INJURIES. STACEY: CALLS TO END YOUTH
VAPING IN IOWA ARE PICKING UP
STEAM. THE IOWA TOBACCO USE PREVENTION
AND CONTROL COMMISSION IS
PRESSURING LAWMAKERS TO
TEMPORARY BAN VAPES FOR ALL
AGES. STEVE: KCCI’S TISIA MUZINGA
TELLS US WHY THIS NOW HAS SOME
SMOKE SHOP OWNERS VERY
CONCERNED. TISIA: THE NEW LAW WOULD REQUIRE
YOU TO BE 21 TO ENTER INTO ONE
OF THESE SHOPS. ONE OWNER I SPOKE TO SAYS, HE’S
CONCERNED PEOPLE DON’T
UNDERSTAND WHERE TEENS REALLY
GET THE DANGEROUS PRODUCTS.>>I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE
GOVERNOR EXERCISE AN EXECUTIVE
ORDER AND TEMPORARILY BAN ALL
THE SALE OF ALL VAPING DEVICES
.
TISIA: THE FIGHT TO BRING VAPE-RELATED ILLNESSES DOWN IN
IOWA ISN’T OVER. GEORGE BELITSOS IS PUSHING
LAWMAKERS TO TAKE ACTION BEFORE
CASES GET WORSE.>>NOT ALL OF THE DEATHS OR
CERTAINLY NOT ALL OF THE CASES
OF LUNG DAMAGE ARE FROM VAPING
CONTAINING THC. SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN PURCHASED
IN SHOPS. TISIA: REPORTS SHOW, VAPE USE IN
IOWA MORE THAN DOUBLED BETWEEN
2016 AND 2018, APPEALING TEENS
WITH NEARLY 400 FLAVORS LIKE
BUBBLEGUM AND COTTON CANDY. SO FAR, THERE ARE 41 CASES OF
LUNG INJURIES LINKED TO VAPING,
BUT THERE ARE NO CONFIRMED
DEATHS.>>WE ABSOLUTELY WOULD ADVOCATE
FOR LEGISLATION FOCUSED AT YOUTH
ACCESS. TISIA: JASON GLENN, OWNER OF
ROUTE 69 VAPOR, ARGUES THAT THE
REAL ISSUE IS HOW TEENS GAIN
ACCESS TO CARTRIDGES ON THE DARK
WEB. BUT GLEN ALSO SAYS HE SUPPORTS
RAISING THE AGE OF TOBACCO SALES
TO PEOPLE AGES 21 AND OLDER.>>THEY ARE NOT COMING HERE. THEY ARE GETTING IT FROM THEIR
SOCIAL CIRCLE. THEY’RE GETTING IT FROM ONLINE
WEBSITES THAT DON’T REQUIRE THEM
TO VERIFY THEIR AGE OR SIGNATURE
UPON DELIVERY. TISIA: FOR NOW, THE WAIT FOR
SOLUTION CONTINUES WHILE THE
NUMBER OF ILLNESSES KEEPS
GROWING IN IOWA. ADVOCATES ARE URGING PARENTS TO
HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEIR
CHILDREN AT HOME AND MONITOR HOW
THEY USE THE INTERNET. DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE, THE
GOVERNOR DID MENTION SHE IS
LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE.