Michigan became the first state to ban the sale of the most flavored electronic cigarettes with a bold move to curb the juvenile vaping epidemic.
The ban will cover both online and in-store sales of all flavors of electronic cigarettes except tobacco. This will take effect in a few weeks and will allow businesses to comply for 30 days.
Government. Gretchen Whitmer said the goal is to extract fragrances such as "Fruits, Nails and Nilla Waffles" from the hands of children and teenagers.
"But behind the taste of candy is a product that hooks children and adults alike: E-cigarettes can deliver nicotine more than twice as fast as tobacco cigarettes," Whitmer wrote in a letter to Michigan State senators. [1
Leading public health groups applaud the move
In a joint statement by the American Assoc the Heart Academy, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Free Campaign, and the Truth Initiative called Whitmer's action "necessary and appropriate."
"In the absence of a strong federal regulation parents are blinded by the e-cigarette epidemic, "the groups wrote. "The wait time is over. The FDA should immediately remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market nationwide, ban child trafficking and ban online e-cigarette sales."
The popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers has popped up in recent years. In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 78 percent increase in high school students ranging from 2017 to 2018.
Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state is investigating six cases of severe respiratory illness, related to vaping.
A study by NBC News by state health agencies revealed at least 329 confirmed or possible cases nationwide.
There is one confirmed death from the disease in Illinois. A second death is possible during an investigation in Oregon, where health officials say a person died from a severe respiratory illness after a vaping.
The CDC works with States to try to determine the ingredient of an electronic cigarette, electronic fluid, device, or purchase method that relates cases.
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