MI moves to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan will be the 1st state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

Michigan will be the 1st state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products

These actions include making MI the first state in the nation to ban flavored nicotine vaping products.On June 4 of this year, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 106 and 155, which clarify that it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products to minors.

Her state executive order comes on the heels of a MI health department determination that vaping amounts to a public health emergency in the state, where at least six people have fallen ill with severe lung damage linked to e-cigarettes.

Ms Whitmer said: "Right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavours to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe".

As of last week, 215 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes had been reported by 25 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, in finding that youth vaping is a public health emergency, cited studies showing that vaping products contain a variety of chemicals and metal particles whose long-term health impact is unknown.

Last year, more than 3.6 million children were using e-cigarettes, a "sharp and startling reversal of overall declines" in tobacco use among young people, according to the FDA.

Whitmer's move applies to retail and online sales of vaping products that use sweet and fruity flavors as well as mint and menthol ones.

But the rise of e-cigarettes has provoked mounting opposition from lawmakers. The initial ban will last for six months before coming up for renewal.

MI is taking action against vaping. The governor also ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to enforce an existing statute to prohibit the advertising of vapor products on billboards.

"That ends today", she said in a statement.

Many e-cigarette companies market liquid flavors like "cotton candy" and "fruit loops" to be used in their devices.

Defenders of e-cigarettes called the MI ban misguided, arguing that e-cigarettes are much less unhealthy than cigarettes.

Businesses will have 30 days to comply.

Young people who decide to take up smoking will now have to buy regular cigarettes under the ban. Despite declines in cigarette smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., killing about 480,000 Americans every year.

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