Michigan Becomes First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is taking steps to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored vaping products in an attempt to protect the youth.
The ban will not go into effect until the filing is complete (probably a couple of weeks from now), but once it does, the retail and online sales of flavored nicotine vaping products will be prohibited. In Michigan's administrative rules process, state agencies are allowed to create regulations and policies that act as laws once they are authorized. Once this ban is in effect, it will last for at least six months and businesses in Michigan will have 30 days to comply.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, youth vaping constitutes a public health emergency for the state. The Food and Drug Administration reported that 3.62 million middle and high school students used e-cigs in 2018. On top of that, at least 200 e-cigarette related lung illnesses have emerged according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
To see more about the ban and what Gov. Whitmer had to say, click here.