Governor moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes in MI

Henrietta Brewer
September 5, 2019

MI on Wednesday became the first state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes in a measure that Governor Gretchen Whitmer said is meant to help curb the use of the products by youth - and one that comes as teen vaping continues to skyrocket in the country.

"So I'm using my executive authority as governor to order the Department of Health and Human Services to ban the flavored e-cigarettes, to restrict advertising and the misleading advertising that they're engaged in, that it's "healthy" or that it's 'good for you, '" Whitmer said Wednesday morning on MSNBC. They didn't say if the e-cigarette contained marijuana oil or just nicotine.

"This is a health crisis that we're confronting, and it would never be permitted if it was cigarettes".

Recently, a spate of medical cases, including one death, have surfaced in the United States of America in a short span of time.

Providers earlier this summer began alerting CDC to a mysterious, severe lung illness that appears to be tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, and CDC last month announced that federal and state health officials are investigating the reports.

"We're on the cusp of what we consider new territory in that this is not an illness or an association between vaping and acute respiratory illnesses that have been reported before or that CDC even collects information on", Ezike said. Many patients admitted to using e-cigarette products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, before being hospitalized.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 U-S states.

"In the past few years, we've seen an explosive increase in the number of MI kids exposed to vaping products", said Khaldun. The ban was issued to curb youth vaping in the state.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has made it clear the Australian Government is opposed to changing Australia's e-cigarette laws, despite pushes from lobby groups advocating their use. Specifically, FDA said it now is analyzing about 80 samples of e-cigarette products and substances, and it will share the analysis' results with state officials.

He called Michigan's ban a "shameless attempt at back-door prohibition" that will close hundreds of small businesses and send thousands of ex-smokers back to combustible cigarettes.

The American Vaping Association said in a statement that vaping products are "far less harmful than smoking" and have helped people break their addiction to traditional 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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