Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

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

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

MI on Wednesday will become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, a step the governor said was needed to protect young people from the potentially harmful effects of vaping.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the decision after her chief medical executive found that vaping among young people "constitutes a public health emergency", according to a press release from the governor's office.

The governor said e-cigarette companies are only using sweet flavors to hook young people on nicotine, with potentially long-term harmful consequences.

Whitmer claims e-cigarette companies are using flavors like Fruit Loops or Fanta to hook young people.

The ban, which covers both retail and online sales, goes into effect immediately and will last for six months, and can be renewed for another six months.

Whilst it's not immediately clear how her administration will enforce the new rules, MI is about to become the first state to ban the sale of flavoured nicotine products to adults as well as children.

"Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them", Whitmer said Wednesday.

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Last year, the FDA announced a series of enforcement actions against more than 1,300 retailers and five major manufacturers for catering vaping products to children. Tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes would not be covered in the order.

"We've seen an explosive increase in the number of MI kids exposed to vaping products", said Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for MI. The longterm effects of e-cigarettes are still subject to debate and research. All six cases were diagnosed within the past two months.

Whitmer's announcement drew praise from public health groups and criticism from organizations that advocate for vaping.

In just one year - from 2017-18 - the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a 78% jump in school students vaping.

Vaping giant Juul - which is based in the Californian city - said that the move would create a thriving black market. These rates are still climbing, likely fueled by the availability of flavors akin to apple juice, bubble gum, and Nerds.

The governor also prohibited what she called misleading descriptions of vapor products such as "clear", "safe" and "healthy" and ordered the enforcement of an existing ban on using billboards to advertise for e-cigarettes. Juul also backs federal legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 nationwide.

More than 3.6 million kids reported using e-cigarettes in 2018, according to the FDA.

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