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Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

On October 2, 2019, Michigan became the second state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. These new regulations come at the tail end of a long battle against e-cigarette companies, like JUUL, who have used marketing strategies and sweet e-cigarette flavors to target teens and young adults. Lawmakers hope this ban will help prevent the spread of e-cigarette injuries as authorities continue to investigate the cause of these dangerous side effects.

Understanding the Danger

Recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked e-cigarette use to serious, deadly lung injuries. As of September 27th, 805 lung injuries and 12 deaths have been confirmed in association with e-cigarette use. Although anyone could be harmed by e-cigarette use, teens and young adults are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of these products.

According to several studies, the adolescent brain is more likely to suffer developmental delays and other issues after vaping, not to mention lung disease, addiction, behavioral problems, high blood pressure, an increased risk of developing diabetes, and more.

Despite knowing the danger vaping presents to young users, e-cigarette companies have continued to market their products to younger demographics. JUUL, in particular, has been in the spotlight for launching marketing campaigns on social media specifically targeting teenagers, and several e-cigarette brands offer sweet, fruity flavors that catch the interest of young vapers. To combat this growing problem, lawmakers everywhere, including those in Michigan, are taking notice and enacting bans on flavored e-cig sales.

Michigan’s E-Cig Ban

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services first ordered the ban on flavored e-cigarette products on September 18th, but allowed retailers and online sellers two weeks to make arrangements to comply with the new rules. During that time, New York ordered a ban on flavored e-cigarettes citing a health emergency, making them the first state to officially ban the dangerous products. By October 2nd, Michigan’s law took effect, forbidding the sale of all e-cigarette flavors, including menthol, mint, and a host of candy-like flavors, making it the second state to do so.

Commenting on the new rule, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated, “For too long, companies have gotten our kids hooked on nicotine by marketing candy-flavored vaping products as safe. That ends today.”

Let Our Firm Help You

If you or your child was harmed by e-cigarette products, our firm wants to hear from you. We understand how difficult it is to deal with a serious injury or illness, and we want to use our resources and legal knowledge to build a solid case in your favor. E-cigarette companies need to be held accountable for their negligent actions, and we want to help ensure you receive the justice and compensation you’re owed.

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