Flavored Vape Ban Bill Killed By Legislative Committee

(KBRK) — The Health and Human Services Committee of the South Dakota Legislature kills a bill that would have banned all flavored vaping products in the state except for menthol and mint. The bill’s sponsor is Representative Carl Perry of Aberdeen. He says the flavors appeal to young people…

“There are 15,000 flavors…15,000 and what we are trying to do is get it down to two. We’re not trying to eliminate the industry. We’re just trying to make it a little bit more controlled, but these kids like these flavors. Let’s make it so that they don’t have the flavors to like. Let’s get them off of this product. Let’s not addict our future youth.”

Among the bill’s opponents is Jason Evans of the South Dakota Department of Revenue. He says the bill would require that the Department become a handler of hazardous waste…

“Electronic nicotine delivery systems, nicotine containers or e-liquids need to be disposed of in compliance with the state’s hazardous waste requirements. Folks, the Department or Revenue employees are not trained in the identification, collection, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes.”

The portion of the bill that allows for the confiscation of flavor-related vaping products also drew concerns about the lack of due process. Representative Linda Duba of Sioux Falls says she’s very concerned about youth vaping…

“Unfortunately, this bill is…it’s….there are just too many flaws in it for me to want to pass this to the floor. It does not…it’s not ready for primetime and if…if we truly want to do the right thing we need to wait to see what those federal guidelines are. We need to work with the vape shops and we need to come back with better legislation.”

The vote was 8-5 to kill the measure.