The state will enforce the ban, which will affect all flavors of e-cigarettes except for menthol, starting Oct. 7, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kansas, Maryland, and New York.
- Kansas: Cerner Corp on Monday announced it has hired Darrell Johnson as it first chief marketing officer. Johnson previously served as a senior executive at medical device company Medtronic. In the new role, Johnson will help position Cerner as a software-as-a-service platform for health care (Lieberman, Kansas City Business Journal, 9/16).
- Maryland: Opioid-related deaths in Maryland declined for the second quarter in a row, marking the first six-month drop in opioid-related deaths in the state in the last decade. According to a preliminary report released by state officials on Tuesday, there were 1,060 opioid-related deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2019, representing an 11% decline from the first half of 2018. However, the report argues that while the number of deaths are decreasing, opioid-related deaths in the state are still too high (Wiggins, Washington Post, 9/17).
- New York: New York on Tuesday became the second state to ban flavored e-cigarettes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) called for the state to initiate an emergency response to the increasing number of cases of a vaping-related lung illness. The state will begin enforcing the ban, which will affect all flavors of e-cigarettes except for menthol, on Oct. 7 (Dobuzinskis, Reuters, 9/17).