And The First State To Ban Flavored e-Cigarettes Is......?

Are More States To Follow?

September 4, 2019

Michigan's Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, felt her state needs to look after it's young people and, in an interview, said that kids vaping constitues a public health emergency.  So on Wednesday, Michigan is officially the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the Nation. 

There a number of reports of lung illnesses in young people that may be linked to vaping, a few have resulted in death.  The CDC reports that there are 215 cases of lung illnesses in 25 states that may be related to vaping.  These e-cigarette companies are using sweet flavors to entice kids to pick up the habit, therefore getting them hooked to nicotine.  

From "(flavored e-cigarettes) often contain a chemical compound called diacetyl, which is associated with a rare lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans that causes permanent damage to the bronchioles (the tiniest airways in the lungs).

The ban in Michigan includes on-line sales and is immediate although retail stores will have 30 days to stop selling the flavored e-cigarettes.  Non-flavored e-cigs will still be available, although experts warn that vaping any e-cigarette may lead kids to smoke regular cigarettes.  

There are other cities within the Nation who have banned, or are planning a ban, e-cigarettes....could RVA or the entire state of Virginia be next?  We'll have to wait and see.