Strawberry watermelon. Blue raspberry. Pink lemonade. Lemon meringue pie. None of those flavors sounds dangerous, but in an e-cigarette they lure young people into the lethal.
The Idaho Board of Health and Welfare recently stopped short of recommending that the state ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Instead, it included it in a list of options for Gov. Brad Little. Little and the Legislature should choose the ban.
Vaping-related illness has spread across the nation like a wind-driven prairie fire. By the end of October, the number of vaping-stricken patients had risen to 1,888 for the year, including 37 who died.
Idaho has seen 10 reported cases of lung injury, but no deaths so far.
In a case reported in Canada, a teen who vaped intensively developed a condition that looked like popcorn lung, previously seen only in factory workers who had inhaled a chemical used to create a butter flavor.
Lung injuries are no laughing matter. Their costs in terms of life-long impairment are incalculable and medical costs are mountainous.
President Trump backed off from a call to ban flavored e-cigarettes because of potential job losses in the industry and potential damage to his re-election prospects. With this craven reversal, he failed to try to protect young people.
Idaho should not repeat his cowardice. The U.S. bans the use of many substances that are disease-causing agents. Idaho limits the sale of tobacco products to those over the age of 18.
The state should get aggressive on vaping before the damage spreads and the lives of more youths are ruined needlessly.