The governor of Michigan says she has ordered the state’s health department to put out emergency rules banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in both brick-and-mortar stores and online for six months. She also announced plans to prevent companies from marketing the products as “clean,” “safe,” “healthy,” and with other terminology that would present vaping as a harmless alternative to smoking tobacco.
“As governor, I’m going to do it unilaterally until I can get the legislature to adopt a statute and write it into law,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer told MSNBC. “This is too important.”
The issue has become one of concern around the world as vaping technology steadily replaces cigarettes as the preferred method of tobacco intake for many users. Recently, many high profile cases of health risks caused by vapes containing both tobacco and marijuana have surfaced in California and Milwaukee, among other US locations.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that 215 cases of severe lung illness that could be attributed to vaping had taken place recently. The report was unable to say how vaping could have led to the health risk, and stated that the agency would be continuing to investigate