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Whitmer Signs Bills to Ban Sales of Nicotine Products to Minors, Orders Agencies to Act on E-Cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes continues to climb with sales to high school students jumping up 78 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a pair of bills into law Tuesday which clarify that it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products to minors.

Whitmer went on to criticize Michigan’s legislature for not going far enough to protect kids from nicotine addiction.

The governor called it a mistake to separate e-cigarettes from the Youth Tobacco Act’s definition of “tobacco products.”

“This is an important step in protecting public health and keeping tobacco products out of the hands of our kids, but we have to keep working to ensure that minors don’t have access to any tobacco products, including harmful e-cigarettes,” said Whitmer. “That includes raising the legal age for purchasing these products to 21, curtailing internet sales of e-cigarettes, and banning the marketing of all tobacco products to children. I’m ready to keep working with the legislature to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect our kids and our public health.”

Whitmer said she is asking the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to marshal the most recent science to provide recommendations on how Michigan should regulate e-cigarettes and similar products going forward.

She’s also asked the Michigan Department of Treasury to consider these recommendations, and determine whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s reasons for deeming e-cigarettes to be tobacco products should also apply to state law on the licensing and taxation of tobacco products.

Senate Bills 106 and 155 passed in the Michigan Senate on April 23, 2019 and passed in the Michigan House on May 15, 2019.

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