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Whitmer OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, says bill is important step

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Electronic cigarettes are offered for sale at the Smoke Depot on September 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a ban to prohibit minors from using electronic cigarettes, but says the legislation should also have classified the devices as tobacco products.

The federal government already prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But Michigan is among just two states without its own restrictions.

Whitmer said the bill enacted Tuesday is an important step in protecting public health, but she signed it with “significant reservations” due to concerns about creating new categories that could be used to exempt e-cigarettes from evidence-based tobacco regulation.

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