On September 25th, The Elara Group submitted a public records request for data related to the vape-related illnesses in the Commonwealth. On October 9th, we received notice that our requests have been rejected - in full - with DPH claiming numerous exemptions.
As we've said before, withholding this information is absolutely not in the best interests of the public. We immediately appealed to the Public Records Division of the Secretary of State's office, which has asked the Department of Public Health to clarify which records exist and why they are exempt from disclosure. As a first step, we consider this to be a positive outcome.
We intend to pursue this matter through multiple avenues if necessary, including civil action.
Documents related to our records request are included below as PDFs. This list will be updated periodically.