In an effort to protect youth from the potentially harmful effects of vaping, Michigan has become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The state joins several cities, including San Francisco, to restrict or ban e-cigarette sales.
The Washington Post reports:
The ban, which covers both retail and online sales, will go into effect as soon as the health department issues rules, sometime in the next 30 days. It will last for six months, and can be renewed for another six months, according to the governor’s aides. In the meantime, they said, the health department will develop permanent regulations banning flavored e-cigarettes. The legislature could try to block those rules, but would face a veto, they added.
The article notes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared youth vaping a public health emergency given that nicotine affects developing brains and the long-term impacts of the chemicals in the products are unknown.
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