TRENTON (WCBS 880) — With six vaping-related deaths throughout the country, one New Jersey senator is calling for a moratorium on the sale and use of all e-cigarettes.

Sen. Bob Menendez says the reason for the moratorium is to give health officials time to study vaping products and understand what exactly is leading to a shocking number of vaping-related lung illnesses.

“I think the (Food and Drug Administration) should’ve been ahead of the curve, not behind it,” Menendez added.

The FDA has said the county is experiencing an “epidemic of youth vaping” with shocking number of high school students admitting to using some sort of e-cigarette.

Joseph Tyson, a sophomore at Ridgewood High School, says half the kids at his school vape.

“They try it once or twice and then, they get hooked from there,” he tells WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

However, with over 450 confirmed cases of lung illness among teens and young adults who vape, Tyson thinks kids are scared and are trying to stop.

Menendez’s proposal comes just days after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy created a task force to look into health concerns related to e-cigarette use.


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