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Bill would protect vape products with low nicotine levels from ban

Posted: 12:43 PM, Sep 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-26 09:05:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — A bill being introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives would exempt flavored vaping products with low nicotine levels from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban.

Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, is sponsoring the bill. He says the government shouldn’t make decisions that would take away from smoking alternatives for responsible adults.

“The governor’s recent directions to her department regarding flavored e-cigarettes goes too far and needs to be limited in ensuring those who want to quit smoking still have options while protecting minors,” he said in a release.

House Bill 5019 would protect flavored vape products with a 2% nicotine level and lower. The statement says Europe has the same nicotine regulation and doesn’t have the same issues with youth vaping levels.

“This common-sense legislation takes into consideration the governor’s concerns regarding youth vaping while also recognizing those that rely on flavored vapes to stay off combustible cigarettes,” the statement says.

(Note: The original post used figures quoted in a release from Rep. Johnson’s office that said the limitation on nicotine content as “with a 2% nicotine level and lower.” The text of the bill says the limit is “20 milliliters or less of nicotine or another substance.” Our copy has been changed to reflect the bill’s text.)