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Senator Blumenthal Calls for FDA Crackdown on Disguised Vaping Devices

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling for the FDA to stop the sale of vapes disguised as smart watches, sweatshirts, phone cases, backpacks and other products. His office said .these devices are marketed at teenagers to allow them to use e-cigarettes without their parents or teachers knowing.

Blumenthal will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building. 

This comes at a time when the state Department of Health is investigating 34 reports of lung injuries possibly connected to e-cigarettes or vaping.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 1,479 cases of vaping-related lung injury had been reported from 49 states and 1 U.S. territory as of Oct. 15.

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