Urge Robert Gordon to protect Michigan citizens right to alternatives to cigarettes

Urge Robert Gordon to protect Michigan citizens right to alternatives to cigarettes

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Jeff Nelson started this petition to Gretchen Whitmer (Governor)

On September 3rd, 2019 Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced plans to ban the sale of all flavored vapor products in an effort to protect youth and public health. To do so Robert Gordon, head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), will need to implement an emergency finding that would eliminate all non-tobacco flavored vapor products from the market 30 days after passing. While honorable to protect youth and citizens of her state, Governor Gretchen is misinformed or acting maliciously to protect big tobacco payments for her state, otherwise Cigarettes would have been included in the ban. Michigan as a state has collected over $5.7 Billion dollars from big tobacco MSA profits over the last 20 years, $290 million in 2018 alone, down $9 million from 2017. These payments are directly tied to the number of citizens in her state that continue to smoke, the payments to Michigan will continue to shrink due to smokers converting to vaping as only combustible tobacco products are required to make monthly payments to states based on citizen use. (https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0365.pdf

 

As of 2019, over 19% of Michigan adults smoke, and that number is shrinking due to vaping. We urge all that have switched from deadly combustible tobacco to sign this petition urging Robert Gordon to defy Governor Whitmers request for the implementation of an emergency finding to protect his citizens health as his oath requested.

Flavors have been shown by majority of conducted studies to be crucial to adult smokers’ successful conversion to alternative tobacco use. Recent media hype around vaping related hospitalizations are correlated with use of illegal THC products. While electronic cigarettes containing nicotine have been on the market for nearly a decade with very few incidences amongst nearly 80 million active users. Without flavored vapor products over 2,500 jobs will be lost in Michigan and 1.5 million adult smokers will have a less successful conversion attempt to stop using deadly combustible tobacco.

Please, Please, Please protect our right to less harmful alternatives Mr. Gordon! Contact us for a meeting to discuss the science behind our products, we are glad to share them with you to identify another solution that achieves your mission to protect public health and the youth of your state. 

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