Vaping advocates: MI governor's flavor ban will be challenged

Michigan Vaping Ban - First State to ban Sale And Distribution Of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan to become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

These actions include making MI the first state in the nation to ban flavored nicotine vaping products.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state's health department to issue an emergency ban on nicotine vaping products in stores and even online.

'As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe, ' said Governor Whitmer. The federal government and states ban the sale of vaping products to minors, but government survey figures show that past year, one in five US high school students reported vaping in the previous month.

"This shameless attempt at backdoor prohibition will close down several hundred MI small businesses and could send tens of thousands of ex-smokers back to deadly combustible cigarettes", Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said in a statement.

"We have already taken the most aggressive actions in the industry to keep our products out of the hands of those underage and are taking steps to do more".

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.

The move is expected to be announced on Wednesday and will go into effect immediately and it's a jolt to people who loves Vaping.

In this undated stock photo, a teen is smoking an e-cigarette.

Whitmer's announcement drew praise from public health groups and criticism from organizations that advocate for vaping. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last month there were 193 "potential cases" of a mystery lung disease related to vaping across 22 US states.

In June, San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously voted to make the city the first in the United States to effectively ban e-cigarette sales.

The Washington Post reports that vaping lobbyists claim a black market will form in the wake of the ban. These rates are still climbing, likely fueled by the availability of flavors akin to apple juice, bubble gum, and Nerds. She added that she wanted to stop vaping companies from advertising and using sweet nicotine product flavours to "hook children on nicotine". In her signing message to the Legislature, Governor Whitmer criticized the legislation for not going far enough to protect Michigan's kids from nicotine addiction, calling the marketing, packaging, and taste of e-cigarettes a "bait-and-switch" engineered to "create new nicotine addicts".

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