Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday made the state the first to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid concerns of the potential health impacts of vaping, particularly among teens.

Whitmer told The Washington Post in an interview that the state health department determined youth vaping is a public health emergency.

Whitmer directed the department to impose the ban effective immediately, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan,” Whitmer said.

The ban will apply to online and retail sales of sweet, fruity, minty and menthol-flavored vaping products, though it will not apply to tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

Whitmer noted that she believes companies use the flavors, such as bubble gum and “fruit loops,” to attract young people and get them hooked on nicotine.

The ban will last six months, with another six months possible following a review. Businesses will have 30 days to comply with the ban.

With the move, Michigan becomes the first state to enact a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. San Francisco in June banned the sale and distribution of all e-cigarettes.

Michigan’s ban will also prohibit e-cigarette companies from describing vapor products as "clear," "safe" or "healthy.”

The ban could be blocked by the state legislature with a bill, but such an attempt would likely face a veto from Whitmer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that it has received reports of more than 200 possible cases of lung illness after vaping.