Michigan to Become 1st State to Ban Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes

September 4, 2019

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On Wednesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her state would become the first to issue an outright ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. "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," she said in a statement. "That ends today.” The New York Times reports that the new rules will be put in place within the next few weeks, and that businesses will have a month to comply. Tony Abboud, the executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, opposes the ban, saying it will hurt small businesspeople and create a black market for flavored e-cigarettes. Someone recently died due to the effects of vaping in Illinois, while San Francisco became the first American city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in June.