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What states are banning e cigs?

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What states are banning e cigs?

As the Number of Vaping-Related Deaths Climbs, These States 

Have Implemented E-Cigarette Bans... 


Michigan:

In early September, Michigan became the first state to announce its intent to limit the sale of vaping products, when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would issue an emergency ban on the online and retail sale of nicotine vaping products in any flavor except tobacco. Whitmer also said she would restrict the marketing of vaping products by forbidding the use of terms like “clean,” “safe” and “healthy.” (While e-cigarettes contain fewer known toxic chemicals than traditional cigarettes, research on their health effects is inconclusive.)

The emergency ban was made official on Sept. 18, and is set to last 180 days. It can be extended for another six months after that, and Michigan lawmakers are also working on a permanent policy, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Retailers were given two weeks to comply with the policy.


New York:

New York on Sept. 17 became the first state to actually implement a statewide ban on most flavored nicotine vaping products, just days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for emergency action. Cuomo’s policy drew some derision from public health advocates,however, because it does not restrict the sale of menthol-flavored products. (The state’s health commissioner is evaluating an additional ban on menthol products, according to Cuomo’s office.) Though they have been more heavily regulated than tobacco-flavored products, mint and menthol e-liquids have not been subject to as many sale restrictions as sweet and fruity flavors, because some public health officials fear that banning them would push users back toward menthol-flavored tobacco products still for sale. Still, federal data show mint and menthol vaping products are today almost as popular among teenagers as fruit flavors.

After a two-week grace period similar to Michigan’s, New York will begin enforcing its ban on Oct. 4. After that point, retailers will face fines of up to $2,000 per violation if they are caught selling flavored products. Cuomo is expected to renew the ban every 90 days, the New York Daily News reports.

Massachusetts:

On Sept. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in the face of more than 500 vaping-related lung illnesses and at least seven deaths reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including five illnesses in Massachusetts. Baker also announced the country’s strictest vaping prohibition yet: a four-month, statewide ban on online and retail sales of all marijuana and tobacco vaping products, flavored or otherwise. A release from Baker’s office suggests that Massachusetts lawmakers chose to ban both marijuana and nicotine products due to continuing uncertainty over what is causing the lung illnesses reported across the country. The CDC has said that many of the people who have reported vaping-related illnesses used products containing THC, a compound in marijuana, but some reported using only nicotine.

Massachusetts’ policy went into effect immediately, and lasts through January 25, 2020.

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