MI first to ban flavored vaping products

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MI will become the first state in the country of US to ban flavored e-cigarettes, according to the Washington Post.

In an interview, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of MI said the state health department found youth vaping created a public health emergency.

The governor said e-cigarette companies are only using sweet flavors to hook young people on nicotine, with potentially long-term harmful consequences. They will prohibit the sale and misleading marketing of flavored nicotine vaping products.

The ban comes after almost 100 possible cases of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping were reported in 14 states from late June to mid August, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Businesses will have 30 days to comply.

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. The investigation mirrors a probe by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking a rash of roughly 200 similar lung illnesses across 23 states. The ban on flavored e-cigarettes has not yet been filed, but will be effective immediately once complete in a few weeks, Whitmer's spokesperson told the Free Press.

Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer took aggressive action to protect MI kids from the harmful effects of vaping.

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E-cigarettes have experienced huge growth in recent years, especially among young people. MI officials are investigating six such cases.

"These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders' public health". A statement read: "With a more than 1.5 million increase in the number of students using vaping products in just one year, the governor's emergency actions today are exactly the bold measures we must take to protect Michigan's children from the unsafe effects of vaping".

In response to increased concerns about the growing popularity of vaping and E-cigs, some states are considering laws to prevent the sale of these products to minors or ban them entirely.

The American Vaping Association says the "shameless attempt at backdoor prohibition" could send thousands of ex-smokers back to deadly cigarettes.

Last week, Juul - the market leader in e-cigarettes - said in a statement that it recognised youth vaping in the USA was a "serious and urgent problem".

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.

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