Governor moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes in MI

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The Louisiana Department of Health is asking for healthcare professionals within the state to report any illnesses potentially associated with e-cigarettes.

Whitmer's announcement was met with both praise and disapproval.

"These businesses and their customers will not go down without a fight".

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

Vaping products bought on the street may contain THC or other cannabinoids.

"Our investigation has not yielded exactly what it is in this product", Thomas said.

The rise in teen vaping has been driven mainly by flavored cartridge-based products such as Juul. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses associated with e-cigarette use has only added to the uncertainty and increased the need for immediate action.

According to the governor's office, from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students.

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Wisconsin public health officials said late last month that 89% of the people they interviewed who became sick reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale THC. Juul controls roughly three-quarters of the USA retail market.

It's unclear what percentage of the market may be affected by the ban, which would not apply to tobacco-flavored products.

Advocacy groups such as the American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said MI has taken "necessary and appropriate emergency action" to combat the youth e-cigarette epidemic.

He estimated that almost every MI vaping shop, however, would lose at least 90% of its sales.

"It's no secret that elected officials have a history of being out-of-touch with youth, but I'm proud to now have a governor that pays attention to trends among our children and understands the danger this "vaping" epidemic poses".

"That's an infringement on adults", he said. "This has nothing to do with children".

The coalition said the Juul-funded Prop C committee reportedly spent 3.5 million dollars for the last two weeks of July alone, in an attempt to preempt e-cigarette provisions of the San Francisco Health Code and circumvent the city's legislation banning tobacco products citywide. This government meddling will only lead to a thriving black market for flavored e-cigarette liquid at the very time when the FDA is investigating injuries likely caused by the illegal trade of these products.

Most experts agree the aerosol in e-cigarettes is less harmful than traditional cigarette smoke because it does not contain most of the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of the vaping chemicals, some of which are toxic.

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