Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Michigan bans e-cigarettes

Michigan bans e-cigarettes

In June, San Francisco - home to Juul - became the first major US city to issue a temporary ban on the sale of e-cigarettes as well as other flavored tobacco products with the similar intention of curbing youth use. The ban will last six months and will give MI businesses 30 days to comply.

Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine".

Numerous patients, but not all, have used products with THC, the compound found in marijuana.

"This is a public health crisis", she said.

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 Democrat ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules that will prohibit the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, including to adults, and the misleading marketing of e-cigarettes.

There are plenty of questions that remain unexplained, but symptoms can start days, even weeks before presentation, and all cases consistently reported regular use of various vaping products.

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In Oregon, where marijuana is broadly legal for adults 21 and older, dispensaries can't sell products that have not been tested by state-accredited labs.

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. For example, officials said it is unclear whether the lung illnesses are associated with e-cigarettes or the contaminants or ingredients inhaled through the devices, but they noted that patients with the condition have described using vaping "home brews", marijuana-based products, nicotine-based products, and other substances. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one in every 20 middle schoolers and one in every five high schoolers reported in 2018 that they used an electronic cigarette.

A CDC official said that the investigation is "starting to point to what solvents are being used, and that can vary a lot".

"This confirms that bans don't protect people - they only force them into the black market, which has no oversight and no precautions against tainted products". Some local governments across the country have bans on selling e-cigarettes, but no state has successfully banned vaping products, according to an industry spokesman.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a statement said, "HHS and the Trump administration are using every tool we have to get to the bottom of this deeply concerning outbreak of illnesses in Americans who use e-cigarettes".

Most experts agree the aerosol is less harmful than cigarette smoke because it does not contain most of the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco.

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