OHIO – Is Ohio the next state to ban E-Cigarettes? Michigan banned the flavored mist on Wednesday a day after New York.
The ban will aim to prohibit sales of online and retail sales of flavored nicotine vapor items. The ban is being imposed by Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Michigan Department of Health can make this ban through the administrative rules process that allows state agencies to create regulations that when approve will at as law for the state.
Whitmer says the ban is not been filed yet but can be effective immediately in just a few weeks when all the paperwork has been filed. Whitmer’s spokesperson said, ” At that point, the ban will last six months, and will give Michigan businesses 30 days to comply.”
This ban and most likely only the first of many across the US comes from a youth public Heath emergency released by the CDC that most of the health officials are reacting to.
“As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” Whitmer said in a statement. “And right now, 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. That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders’ public health.”
CDC is providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette product use, or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults. Many states have alerted CDC to possible (not confirmed) cases and investigations into these cases are ongoing. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with CDC and state health officials to gather information on any products or substances used and providing technical and laboratory assistance. FDA encourages the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco- or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portalexternal icon. While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses.