Retailers have 14 days to comply with ban of flavored nicotine or vaping products
Governor Gretchen Whitmer released emergency rules banning flavored nicotine vaping products on Wednesday. Retailers will have 14 days to comply with the new rules.
The governor asked the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules earlier this month after the state's Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun found youth vaping is a public health emergency.
“I’m proud that Michigan has been a national leader in protecting our kids from the harmful effects of vaping,” Whitmer said. “For too long, companies have gotten our kids hooked on nicotine by marketing candy-flavored vaping products as safe. That ends today. This bold action will protect our kids and our overall public health.”
The emergency rules will be in effect for 180 days and can be extended for six months.
“Today’s filing is necessary to protect the public health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health at MDHHS. “Youth vaping is a public health emergency and has been declared an epidemic by the U.S. surgeon general. Nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains and has dangerous long-term health consequences such as heart disease and cancer.”
The emergency rule bans the sale of flavored vapor product and flavored nicotine products.
It also bans retailers from advertising vaping or alternative nicotine products as Clean, safe, harmless or healthy.