E-cigs Banned in Michigan

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E-cigs Banned in Michigan

Amber Landon, Cougar Tales Editor

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In relation to the recent health crisis happening involving vaping, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan decided to outlaw the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Whitmer said the ban came in response to increase vaping use amongst  teenagers. She also claimed that teenagers were being targeted by the marketing of nicotine products. “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,” Gov. Whitmer reasons. Several state attorneys have asked the federal government to completely ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Several illnesses have been rising in the past couple weeks, including a death, that have been linked back to vaping, including another death with a vape pen that contained cannabis in Oregon. San Francisco became the first American city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes all together.

Whitmer’s order would ban the sale of flavored e-cigs online and in stores. She also called to the state to stop any advertisements that call e-cigarettes “safe”, “clean”, or “healthy”. Whitmer claims that the ban will start in a couple of weeks, then businesses will have a month to follow.

Michigan has yet to figure out every part of the bill, so they haven’t figured out the punishment for businesses yet. A statement from Juul Labs agrees with the ban of candy flavored vapes, but argues that menthol flavors should still be sold.

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