Michigan bans flavored vapes

Cynthia Brown, J1 Staff Writer

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On September 4, 2019, Michigan became the first state to ban flavored vapes, e-cigs, and other vaping products.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement, “I believe that E-cigarettes are dangerous and should not be sold widely. However, there are versions of it that are used to help people quit, but they often help people start. As for flavored vape juice, its should definitely be banned because it proves to be marketing targeted towards adolescents and teenagers. Back when cigars and cigarettes were popular tobacco companies produced flavored products to entice younger smokers making them customers for life. So whether it be candy or vape to a child it is about the same.”

Portage Northern students generally seem to be in support of the ban. “I believe that the new law is great because of all the teens who are addicted due to the vapes being flavored. Cracking down on this situation has been a must for the past few years that vaping has come up. It is easily accessible for everyone adult or not and it needs to be stopped,” said junior Damien Gunn.

Freshman Mercedes Mills agreed. “I believe that e-cigarettes are dangerous and should not be sold widely. There are versions of it that are used to help people quit, but they often help people start. As for flavored vape juice, its should definitely be banned because it proves to be marketing targeted towards adolescents and teenagers. Back when cigars and cigarettes were popular tobacco companies produced flavored products to entice younger smokers making them customers for life,” they said.

Freshman James Asher said, “I support both Governor Whitmer and President Trump’s crackdown on the Vaping Crisis. While it is a safer alternative to tobacco products we need to do as much as possible to increase focus on mental health, so people don’t have to lean on tobacco and vaping.”

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