Dec 04, 2019 3:23 PM

Western NE leaders move to add vaping, e-cigarettes to ban

Posted Dec 04, 2019 3:23 PM

AP - The central Nebraska city of North Platte is moving to add vaping and e-cigarettes to its public no-smoking ban.

The North Platte Telegraph reports that the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to give first-round approval to ban alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to its tobacco regulations.

The measure also would raise the minimum age from 18 to 19 for using, buying or possessing such products. Minors could possess them in their home under “direct supervision” of a parent or guardian, as they now can with tobacco products. The proposed ordinance must be approved twice more to be enacted.

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Dec 04, 2019 3:23 PM
Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 16 cases of hepatitis A, including seven in Nebraska, as part of the outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Fresh Thyme has said it's cooperating with the investigation and working with suppliers to identify the source of the contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to discard any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks