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Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Whitmer said she acted after the state's chief medical officer, Joneigh Khaldun, found that vaping by youths constituted a medical emergency.

Most recently, US health officials have announced an investigation of up to 354 possible cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping.

The move bans the online and retail sale of flavored e-cigarettes for six months after the MI health department deemed vaping to be a health crisis.

MI has become the first state to ban sales of flavoured e-cigarettes in a move aimed at curbing teen vaping. The confirmed cases reside in Lucas, Richland, and Union counties.

Vaping products bought on the street may contain THC or other cannabinoids.

If a state agency finds that an emergency rule is necessary for public health or safety reasons, and if the governor agrees that it is an emergency situation, the agency can skip the typical public hearing process.

Providers earlier this summer began alerting CDC to a mysterious, severe lung illness that appears to be tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, and CDC last month announced that federal and state health officials are investigating the reports.

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State officials are working on developing more long-term measures for prohibiting the sale of flavoured e-cig products in MI, the paper reported. The Oregon death is the first linked by health officials to a product purchased at a marijuana dispensary. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one in every 20 middle schoolers and one in every five high schoolers reported in 2018 that they used an electronic cigarette. MI officials are investigating six such cases.

State officials said the CDC has reported more than 200 cases from across the country and has updated its recommendations on vaping.

Michigan's measure to prohibit flavoured e-cigarettes comes as youth use of vape products has seen a sharp rise in America in recent years.

The rule would also place restrictions on how e-cigarettes are marketed. They didn't say if the e-cigarette contained marijuana oil or just nicotine.

The actions include making MI the first state in the nation to ban flavored nicotine vaping products.

Brian Marlow, of Legalise Vaping Australia, agreed the issue in the U.S. was due to a lack of appropriate regulation on vapes.

A San Francisco anti-vaping coalition of parents, doctors, advocates, as well as health and community organizations Wednesday launched a campaign to urge voters to block an attempt by tobacco firms to overturn a citywide ban on tobacco including e-cigarettes. For example, ads that say vaping is a safe alternative to smoking will be banned.


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