A complete ban on the use of flavored electronic cigarettes will be introduced in the US state of Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced, according to the Associated Press.
She said she ordered the State Health Department to issue special emergency regulations. They will prohibit the sale and advertising of flavored products with nicotine for vaping. Whitmer pointed out that the main task of the authorities is to protect children from the negative effects of electronic cigarettes.
Currently, both federal law and the laws of almost all US states prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Michigan is to become the first state to ban flavored vapes for adults as well.
At the same time, such a statement has already caused criticism of the American Vaping Association. The organization indicated that the ban could push thousands of former smokers to switch back to deadly cigarettes. The Association also intends to support lawsuits aimed at lifting the restriction.
As previously reported, the United States is currently studying cases of respiratory diseases, possibly associated with the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes. As of August 27, a total of 215 cases had been reported. The exact cause is still unknown.