Rep. DeLauro calls for national ban on vape sticks

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A Connecticut lawmaker is calling for a national ban on vape sticks following the increasing number of possible electronic cigarette-related illnesses.

Connecticut's health commissioner is urging residents to stop using e-cigarettes. The state is currently investigating 11 illnesses that may be related to vaping products.

Those numbers have Rep. Rosa DeLauro demanding a ban on e-cigarettes. DeLauro wants the Food and Drug Administration to pull the products off store shelves.

"Get it off the market," says DeLauro. "Do the investigation and then we'll figure out whether or not it's a product that should be on the market."

Renee Coleman-Mitchell, Connecticut's public health commissioner, says the state is interviewing the victims who have become sick. She says officials don't have a lot of answers right now, but continue to gather information.

E-cigarette makers say their products are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Dr. Pnina Weiss, of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, recently treated a teen who almost needed a breathing tube.

"There are irritating chemicals like ethylene glycol. That's used in anti-freeze," says Dr. Pnina. "There's propylene glycol, and we use that as toner for laser printers."

President Donald Trump has proposed banning flavored vape pods, but DeLauro says that's too little, too late.

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