Michigan Becomes First State to Ban Sale of Flavored Vaping Products

Henrietta Strickland
September 5, 2019

No one has died in the state from the illness.

MI on Wednesday became the first state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes in a measure that Governor Gretchen Whitmer said is meant to help curb the use of the products by youth - and one that comes as teen vaping continues to skyrocket in the country.

Health officials say it's unclear whether there's a connection between cases, whether vaping definitively caused these illnesses and what components or chemicals of e-cigarettes might be responsible.

Regardless of the investigation, e-cigarette and vaping products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not now use tobacco products.

"People need to stop using these illicit THC products now-and it's the CDC's responsibility to say what we do know", Michael Siegel, a professor of community health services at Boston University, tells the Post.

Other States are reporting the same symptoms, and IL is reporting one possible death believed to be linked to the illness.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state health department Wednesday to issue emergency rules to ban sales and prohibit misleading marketing of vaping products, including using words like "safe", "clean" and "healthy" in advertisements.

Numerous patients, but not all, have used products with THC, the compound found in marijuana.

Health Canada says it doesn't have evidence of clusters of pulmonary disease cases related to vaping in Canada similar to those reported in the United States. There been 215 cases this year of severe side effects linked with e-cigarettes in 25 states, the release said.

KHALDUN: Some counties have seen up to a doubling of e-cigarette use among high school students.

A CDC official said that the investigation is "starting to point to what solvents are being used, and that can vary a lot". The ban was issued to curb youth vaping in the state. The official adds that this is especially concerning in counterfeit and black market products.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of OR said he will introduce legislation next week that would tax e-cigarettes in the same way as traditional cigarettes to reduce the appeal to teenagers who are increasingly taking up the popular smoking alternative.

The American Vaping Association said in a statement that vaping products are "far less harmful than smoking" and have helped people break their addiction to traditional cigarettes.

You are invited to hear from both sides about Measure C which seeks to overturn the ban placed on E-Cigarette products by the Board of Supervisors.

Most experts agree the aerosol is less harmful than cigarette smoke because it does not contain most of the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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