Skip to main content

Michigan banned the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the ban was effective immediately and gave retailers, including online sellers, two weeks to comply. The ban includes menthol and mint flavoured products and expires after 180 days if not extended.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Sept. 4 that Michigan would become the first state to move toward banning flavoured e-cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavours and deceptive advertising to appeal to kids. But New York officially became the first state to institute a ban when regulators approved a set of emergency rules on Tuesday.

Story continues below advertisement

“For too long, companies have gotten our kids hooked on nicotine by marketing candy-flavoured vaping products as safe,” Whitmer said in a statement on Wednesday. “That ends today.”

Michigan officials said national health data on e-cigarette use found youth use spiked in recent years , including 78 per cent of high students and 48 per cent of middle school students reporting using the products.

Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, called youth vaping “a public health emergency.”

“Today’s filing is necessary to protect the public health,” Khaldun said.

Owners of vape stores in New York have said they are considering a legal challenge to the ban, and challenges also are anticipated in Michigan.

Michigan’s ban specifically included menthol flavoured products but excluded tobacco flavoured items. New York did not include menthol flavoured products in its ban, prompting criticism from some health groups that kids will simply switch to that flavour.

Michigan’s rules also ban any description of vapour products as “clean, safe, harmless or healthy” and limit advertising of vapour products near candy, food and soft drinks in stores.

Story continues below advertisement

Federal health officials have not identified a single device or ingredient involved in the lung illnesses. President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and vaping products.

Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Sign up today.

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter