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State: Vaping sales must stop in 14 days

E-liquids are displayed for sale, with nicotine warning labels, in a vape shop on September 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has released her emergency rules banning flavored nicotine vaping products.

The emergency order announced Sept. 4 made Michigan the first state to have such a ban. It came after the state’s health department declared a public health emergency because of rising levels of youth vaping.

Retailers will 14 days to comply with the rules, which bans the sale of all flavors other than tobacco and the use of “misleading” marketing of vaping products that uses terms like “clean,” “safe” and “healthy.”

Since the announcement of Michigan’s ban, the White House has called for similar rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and New York and California’s governors have said they will move forward with flavored nicotine bans.

When the order was first announced, West Michigan vape shops said they say a sudden spike in business but ultimately expressed severe concerns about the ability to keep their doors open going forward.

Defend MI Rights Coalition, a group of small business owners involved in the vaping industry, released a statement on the order:

“While we are currently reviewing the rules filed by Governor Whitmer, we are disappointed that she failed to take into account the testimony made by Michigan small business owners at last week’s House Oversight Committee Hearing and clear evidence demonstrating that this ban will turn adults back to combustible cigarettes, create a dangerous black market and destroy a legal industry that includes hundreds of small businesses and thousands of employees across the state.”

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13 comments

  • Michelle Hughes

    These idiots are going to be the reason that ILLEGAL VAPE black market products flood the market. That’s what’s killing people not vaping! Deaths of MILLIONS will be on their heads!

  • Marie c Smith

    Most vape shops do not say its safe they say safer i am a NAVY VETERAN. I used to smoke 3 packs a day until i found moutain berry blast vape juice and never looked back. I will just have to hope the country i gave up my young adult years for comes to its senses and quits believing the fake news that our president yells about constantly and finds out the true facts. Now in the states that flavors have been banned unemployment will rise for hardworking blue collar families and teens will still illegally obtain black market vapes while the people that used to own vape shops struggle to feed their kids and pay their bills. They need to remember this is election time and we vape and also vote

  • KaraWBrown

    Sᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ… Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ… Mᴀᴋᴇ $80 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $13000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ… Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ ………https://is.gd/8clbBV 

  • Rj

    Will she also ban all of the K2 and spice ? Or the Chinese made THC cartridges and preloaded ones made in China ? How about banning any fentanyl made in China that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans ? Will this progressive (lazy communist) ban cigarette manufacturers from continuing to spay cigarettes with massive amounts of nicotine ? Will Jenny stop the sanctuary cities policies that are killing Michigander’s ? Nope. She is just falling in line with the rest of the progressive (lazy communist) Governor’s who want to continue to control your every move, how many people die from cigarettes every Jenny ? If these progressives didn’t legalize dope most of these people dying would still be alive.

  • On It

    Typical overreach by those who can………& they will, everytime. Don’t elect progressives if you value your rights. They will tell you how to live, & it will be under the boot & you will like it, or be reeducated to like it.

  • Brad

    What is an example of tyranny? Because this is tyranny. “cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.” So when are we the people supposes to react? Where do you draw the line? When do you say enough is enough and stop letting people in power treat you like children or subjects? Is now the time? Or maybe when they take away something that matters to you. But by then will there be anyone left to support you and fight?

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