Michigan's ban on flavored vaping products begins

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued specific rules for a statewide ban on sales of flavored vaping products, giving retailers two weeks to comply. (MGN)
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PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) (10/2/2019) - Stores throughout Michigan have stopped selling flavored electronic cigarettes to comply with a ban that started Wednesday.

Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens declined to stop the ban with an injunction Wednesday. But she says she’ll hold another hearing on Oct. 8. Store owners are suing, saying the prohibition will cripple their business.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has accused the makers of using candy flavors and deceptive ads to hook children. But critics say the emergency rules didn’t comply with Michigan’s regulatory process.

On the first day of the ban, police were visiting stores to spread the word. In Royal Oak, Lt. Al Carter says it’s a “hot topic everywhere.”

New York state has taken similar action to prohibit certain products. President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products.

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