MI Bans Sweet Smokes
Michigan has become the first state to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Relying on on preliminary studies indicating that young people are more likely to get hooked on vaping, the state Department of Health and Human Services declared vaping among young people a public health emergency.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) told the Washington Post that “my number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan.” The ban also restricts the use of misleading descriptions like “safe” and “healthy” to advertise vaping products.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:
“HHS and the Trump Administration are using every tool we have to get to the bottom of this deeply concerning outbreak of illnesses in Americans who use e-cigarettes. More broadly, we will continue using every regulatory and enforcement power we have to stop the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. This situation, and the rising tide of youth tobacco use, is a top public health priority for the Trump Administration and every leader at HHS.”
BUT, no single substance or e-cigarette product has been consistently associated with these illness reports.
To be continued.