Opposition to Michigan Governor Gretchen's e-cigarette ban

Opposition to Michigan Governor Gretchen's e-cigarette ban

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We, the undersigned, adamantly oppose Governor Gretchen's backdoor prohibition against the e-cigarette industry.

Legislators make laws not governors. E-cigarettes remain one of the best ways for people to quit smoking. If the governor wishes to fight this then the governor needs to follow the process of law and work with the legislature.

We strongly condemn her actions which we believe will Foster more children mixing their own chemicals in order to circumvent this ban which the CDC now claims is even more dangerous.

We are urge the governor to rollback this action and we further urge the Michigan Senate and Michigan house to condemn and fight this action.

Adults who wish to smoke through the e vape products should be allowed to do so. If the governor is truly worried about underage smoking let her pursue other options such as

1) $10,000 fine in a minimum 1 year in prison for anyone providing tobacco or e-cigarette products to minors.

2) $10,000 fine for a first offense of a business providing tobacco or e-cigarette products to minors, a second fine would result in the loss of their tobacco license for a minimum of one year

We echo the statements made by the American vape association listed below by Gregory Conley President of the American Vaping Association, released this statement: 

“This shameless attempt at backdoor prohibition will close down several hundred Michigan small businesses and could send tens of thousands of ex-smokers back to deadly combustible cigarettes. These businesses and their customers will not go down without a fight. We look forward to supporting the lawsuits that now appear necessary to protect the right of adults to access these harm reduction products.”

“In this country, laws are made by legislators, not governors desperate for press attention. Anyone who fears the prospect of an out of control government should be appalled by this attempt by the executive branch to unilaterally ban an adult product. Even more absurd, this ban attempt is coming just months after the Michigan Legislature wisely prohibited sales of vaping products to minors.

“Governor Whitmer’s ban will create a massive, multi-million dollar black market for these products, which are the same conditions that led to the recent spate of lung illnesses that are now clearly linked to illegal THC vaping products. The CDC is now specifically warning against vaping homemade vaping products, yet this is the exact kind of behavior that a state-instituted flavor ban will lead to.”
Last year, the New York State Department of Health attempted to enact a flavor ban for vaping products without the approval of the New York state legislators. It only took a few days for the state to recognize they lacked the legal authority to do so and pull the proposed rule. The same should happen in Michigan, but with Governor Whitmer personally delivering today’s message of prohibition, it looks like it will be up to the courts and state legislators to take corrective action.”
 
 
 

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