Michigan Is Set To Become The First State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

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Michigan Is Set To Become The First State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the move Wednesday, which she said will help protect children and teens from the dangers of e-cigarette use.
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Michigan will soon be the first U.S. state to ban flavored electronic cigarettes.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the move Wednesday, which she said will help protect children and teens from the dangers of e-cigarette use.

She said in a statement on Twitter: "My number one priority is keeping our kids safe. Right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today."

A spokesperson for Gov. Whitmer told reporters both online and retail sales of flavored e-cigarette products will be prohibited under the ban. The new rules will go into effect in the next few weeks, and businesses will have 30 days to comply. 

Gov. Whitmer's order comes amid a string of serious lung conditions that have been connected to e-cigarette use. One person in Illinois recently died from what health officials believe was a vaping-related illness.