Two Georgia lawmakers to introduce laws for vaping, e-cigarette use

Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 3:49 PM EDT
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By: Associated Press

October 3, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Next year, expect to hear legislative debate on vaping and e-cigarette use in Georgia.

Republican state Reps. Bonnie Rich, of Suwanee, and Gerald Greene, of Cuthbert, announced in a news release Thursday that they will introduce legislation targeting those issues during the 2020 legislative session.

Rich says she's working on a bill that would "protect not only our children, but all Georgians from this growing epidemic" in the state. Greene says vaping and e-cigarette use has "become a major public health concern" that must be addressed.

The Georgia Department of Public Health recently identified nine confirmed cases of a vaping-related illness in Georgia, one of which resulted in death.