Michigan Bans Vaping?
That’s right, out of nowhere, Michigan bans vaping. According to ClickOnDetroit
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services said the ban was effective immediately and gave retailers, including online sellers, two weeks to comply.
As I sit here with my vape in hand I can’t help but wonder why such an awful law would be passed. Luckily someone is paying attention to the situation.
“Today’s filing is necessary to protect the public health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health at MDHHS. “Youth vaping is a public health emergency and has been declared an epidemic by the U.S. surgeon general. Nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains and has dangerous long-term health consequences such as heart disease and cancer.”
So apparently, the new governor of Michigan overlooked the poverty crisis. And instead, decided that kids vaping cereal flavors was the biggest problem plaguing Michigan. So she had it banned for six months.
Now I’m not a rocket scientist but if those kids were indeed addicted to nicotine via vaping, what are they supposed to do now? I’m guessing they will buy cigarettes instead. Is there even a plan or like a rehab for these kids addicted to nicotine?
But you know how it goes, they never bring a solution, just more stuff to add to the problem. Speaking of which the penalties are insulting, to say the least:
According to rules released by the state this week, Michigan retailers are not allowed to sell vaping products that have the taste or aroma other than that of tobacco. That means tastes or aromas of food or drink are not allowed, including but not limited to menthol, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverages, herbs or spices.
Retailers also are not allowed to use any imagery “explicitly or implicitly representing a characterizing flavor to sell, offer for sale, give, or otherwise distribute a vape product.” Delivery of these products to retailers also is banned under the rules.
Anyone who violates the rules will be charged with a misdemeanor. If they are found guilty they could face 6 months of imprisonment, a fine of no more than $200, or both.
So basically this ban brings more ways to imprison people with no benefit to anyone but big tobacco, go figure.
Be honest, you saw that coming, didn’t you?
Michigan bans vaping, discuss consequences.