Michigan Becomes First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced in early September that Michigan will become the first state to ban flavored vape products. Whitmer says this move is designed to protect youth, stating that ”companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders’ public health.”
The ban will be imposed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and while the rule has not been filed yet, it will become effective immediately once complete in a few weeks. Only flavored products will be banned – not unflavored or tobacco-flavored products. The ban will last six months and Michigan businesses will have 30 days to comply.
This comes on the heels of the investigation of six lung infections reported in Michigan that were tied to e-cigarette use. The CDC is investigating approximately 200 similar infections reported across the U.S. The ban also prohibits mis-leading marketing of vaping products.
The Michigan state senate has decided not to challenge the ban.
Source: The Detroit Free Press https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/04/michigan-bans-flavored-e-cigarettes/2207061001/