Governor Declares Health Emergency, Bans Flavored Vaping Products

Michigan has become the first state in the nation to ban flavors in nicotine vaping products. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a public health emergency and put into place emergency rules that ban flavors in nicotine vaping products to better protect the state’s children from addiction, this according to a press release by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Nessel’s office is reporting there’s been a more than 1.5 million increase in the number of students using vaping products in just one year. In a related story, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports the organization is investigating reports of e-cigarette and vaping associated respiratory illness. State epidemiologist, Sarah Lyon-Callo said Michiganders should be aware that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous because the products in them contain harmful chemicals that can result in damage to a user’s lungs, heart, or other body systems.