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TechnologyMichigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

20:45  04 september  2019
20:45  04 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Vaping: Michigan to ban flavored electronic cigarettes

Vaping: Michigan to ban flavored electronic cigarettes Michigan will become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes Wednesday in a move Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says is aimed at protecting youth. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The ban, reported Wednesday by the Washington Post, will take effect immediately and last for six months, at which point it is up for renewal. State legislators will push for something more permanent in the meantime.

Michigan is poised to become the first US state to ban online and retail sales of flavored e-cigarettes.

Michigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Michigan is taking action against vaping. Getty

The ban, which would last six months, comes at the direction of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from the state's Department of Health and Human Services, according to a statement Wednesday.

"Companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today," Whitmer said.

The ban also covers the marketing of vaping products with words like clean, safe and healthy. Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to enforce a statute that already exists, barring the advertisement of vaping products on billboards.

Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan is the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that the state will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb youth vaping, which the US surgeon general calls an "epidemic." While cities such as San Francisco have recently put similar restrictions in place, Michigan is the first state to declare a ban. The ban will go into effect as soon as the rules are fully determined, which will likely happen within the next 30 days. This stopgap measure will last for six months and can be renewed for another six months while legislators define and pass a permanent solutions.

The Detroit Free Press explained that the move comes not by executive order, but rather through Michigan's administrative rules process, which allows state agencies to create regulations that act as laws once they are authorized. 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.

Michigan set to become first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes© CNET

Michigan is taking action against vaping.

In June, the city of San Francisco banned e-cigarette sales, also citing the health of young people.

These bans come after a rise in reports about lung disease and seizures possibly linked to vaping. In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opened a probe into vaping-related lung disease. The Federal Trade Commission is also investigating e-cigarette maker Juul's marketing practices.

Originally published Sept. 4 at 8:30 a.m. PT.

Update, 9:13 a.m. PT: Adds additional details about ban.

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