Last month Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order banning the sale of flavoured e-liquids across the State of Michigan. “As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a statement.
“And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavours to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today.”
Spreading flavour bans
Washington, New York, Montana, Rhode Island and Oregon, have announced temporary bans on flavoured vaping products,
Other US states are considering similar bans. Washington, New York, Montana, Rhode Island and Oregon, have announced temporary bans on flavoured vaping products, while Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, wants to set in place a four month ban on the sales of all vaping devices.
Additionally, Utah has passed emergency regulations limiting where e-cigarettes can be sold and California’s governor has issued an executive order to increase public awareness and develop warning labels.
Last month, the Trump administration also said that it would be banning flavours, but no further details have been released to this effect.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes was temporarily blocked by a state judge, who ruled that the emergency provision short-circuited normal law making procedures.
This has been the second ruling to stop such a ban in its tracks. An emergency ban on flavored e-cigarettes instituted by New York state, was similarly blocked by a state appeals court following an appeal by the Vapor Technology Association (VTA).
The association rightly pointed out the absurdity of such bans, saying that the overwhelming majority of lung disease cases have been linked to illicit products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and not to flavours from regulated nicotine products.
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