Just weeks after the state of Michigan banned non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products, a local lawmaker wants Rhode Island to follow suit.

Exeter Representative Julie Casimiro says she plans on introducing a bill next year that would ban non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products in the state.

"I think a ban on some of the products is in order, even if it's a temporary ban,' said Casimiro.  'I know the FDA is just now looking at regulations.  We need to figure out what we're doing here because vaping has become a public health issue."

Casimiro says the proposed ban has ruffled the feathers of some e-cigarette retailers. Nevertheless, the recent rise in vaping illnesses have prompted her to take action.

"A couple of businesses have spoken out,' she said.  'They're afraid I'm going to close their business.  That's not what I'm trying to do.  I'm just trying to figure out why we've seen this spike in illnesses and deaths.  It's important to keep people safe in general, but especially our young people."

Casimiro says she's reached out to Governor Gina Raimondo to see if a statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes can be implemented before the start of the 2020 legislative session.

So far, Michigan is the only state that's banned flavored e-cigarettes. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would ban the devices at the federal level.