September 26, 2019
Charles Boyle, 503-931-7773
Governor Kate Brown on Vaping-Related Illnesses and Fatalities in Oregon
(Salem, OR) — Today, Governor Kate Brown released the following statement on vaping-related illnesses and fatalities in Oregon:
“This afternoon, I was informed by the Oregon Health Authority that a second Oregonian has died due to a vaping-related severe lung illness. Every preventable death is a tragedy, and absolutely unacceptable. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones to this very unfortunate circumstance. We need to make sure that no other family suffers through this kind of tragedy.
"The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued a public health warning urging Oregonians to cease the use of vaping products until we have determined what is causing this illness. In addition, I have directed OHA to provide recommendations for further steps to protect Oregonians and public health within 24 hours.
"I am also requesting that the Department of Justice advise my office on what legal options are available to the state, up to and including the temporary ban of all vaping products.
"Until we know more, I am urging all Oregonians, adults and youth, to take heed of this public health warning and to cease the use of vaping products.”
The full text of OHA’s public health warning is available here: