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Merkley acts to rope in vaping products as illnesses mount

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is taking aim at nicotine dependency – particularly for youth – with a bipartisan proposal to regulate e-cigarettes and ban flavored vaping products. (The Enterprise/File photo)

VALE – As the Trump administration weighs a ban on flavored vaping products in the wake of hundreds falling ill, one Oregon senator is introducing new legislation to regulate vaping products. 

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has teamed up with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to propose the Ending New Nicotine Dependencies Act, which seeks to regulate electronic cigarette standards, as well as to protect public health by banning non-tobacco flavored vaping products. 

“The Trump administration said they were going to act, but they haven’t acted yet,” Merkley told the Enterprise. 

“This is a diabolical scheme by the tobacco companies . . .