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

Are More States To Follow?

September 4, 2019
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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 Harvard.edu: "(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.