On Wednesday, the governor of Michigan ordered a ban on all flavored e-liquids for the entire state with the exception of tobacco flavors.
She cited the recent outbreaks of lung issues that have recently popped up across the country (which have been erroneously linked to nicotine vape products) as a major reason for her decision.
She was quoted as saying that “My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan”.
If this is true, then maybe she can explain why she just banned the one product that has been proven to be effective in helping people quit smoking and that has also been proven to be at least 95% safer than combustible tobacco, especially when tobacco currently kills 16,200 people in her state each and every year?
Maybe she can also explain how she can justify banning a product in response to a health crisis even though it is becoming more and more clear that the culprit is counterfeit THC cartridges and not standard nicotine e-liquid?
She won’t explain any of this though because she can’t.
How could she when she’s clearly basing her decisions regarding vaping on misinformation, falsehoods, and flat out lies?
The way I see it, there are two possibilities here that can explain why this decision was made; either she genuinely feels that all of the recent headlines that have blamed these lung outbreaks on vaping are true, or she saw this as an opportunity to protect the tax revenues generated by tobacco in her state.
This means, of course, that either she’s confused or willing to put profits ahead of people, neither of which bode well for the residents of Michigan.
As for the vape businesses in the Wolverine State, this legislation is nothing short of devastating.
With the stroke of a pen, hundreds of small businesses have been essentially wiped away barring some unforeseen miracle.
All companies have 30 days to comply with the order and it will stand in place for at least 6 months. At that point, it can be renewed for another 6 months, but the governor has made it clear that her team is already getting to work on putting together a permanent version of the law.
Whether or not Michigan has just set the precedent that will motivate other states to follow suit remains to be seen, but any state implementing a ban such as this is far from a good sign.