Michigan Health Department to Ban Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes

This week Governor Whitmer of Michigan ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes. 

Last week the Department declared that youth vaping constitutes a public health emergency, triggering the directive. The ban will covers both retail and online sales of flavored e-cigs as well as preventing misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like “clean,” “safe,” and “healthy”.  Besides sweet flavors, the prohibition will also apply to vaping products that use mint and menthol flavors.

The new rules will go into effect as soon as the health department issues rules later this month.  The initial ban will last 6 months.  In the mean time the health department will develop permanent regulations banning flavored e-cigarettes.  The ADHS has an ongoing social media campaign, but additional policy interventions are clearly needed.

Below is a link to a webinar series by the Western Region Public Health Training Center.  I really need to view these in the next couple of weeks- you might want to as well.