Michigan Vape Ban Hurting Customers and Small Businesses

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Michigan Vape Ban Hurting Customers and Small Businesses
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Michigan Vape Ban Hurting Customers and Small Businesses
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Last week, Michigan’s ban on flavored vaping products went into effect. The 180-day ban was single-handedly enacted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer using emergency powers. Instead of solving an emergency, the governor has created one by causing many vape users to return to smoking cigarettes.

Federal and state judges have so far declined to stop the implementation of the ban. Multiple lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to block the governor’s decision, but none have been successful as of yet. However, a judge in Petoskey could potentially issue an injunction as early as this week.

Vape shop owners in the state have expressed concerns over the health of their customers and their livelihood. Many say their businesses will be forced to close without the revenue generated flavored vaping products. They’ve also described how many of their vaping customers are returning to cigarettes as a result of the ban.

“The governor, with the stroke of a pen, basically turned a lot of my customers back to smoking cigarettes which we know will kill you,” Rustic Vapor owner Eric Curtis told the press. “If I can’t get that product back on the shelf, it’s very detrimental. That’s probably 75 percent of my total inventory and close to 100 percent of my sales.”

Vape shops can still sell flavored vapor products with zero nicotine. They can also sell flavorless liquid nicotine that can be mixed into the legal flavored liquid. This is the method vape shops and customers will be using while the ban is in effect.

Ironically, forcing customers to add their own liquid nicotine to flavored vape liquid presents a variety of health risks. Unlike the premixed vape liquid that is now banned, pure liquid nicotine can be very hazardous to handle. It’s also far more deadly if accidentally ingested by a child. Forcing vape shops to adopt the method will also cause customers to accidentally add more nicotine than intended.

While the media stokes fear over vaping related deaths, over 1,000 people die every day in the United States as a result of smoking cigarettes. Interestingly, so far, it appears vaping related deaths and illnesses are likely related to the use of bootleg Juul pods imported from China and black market THC vaping cartridges.

As some political insiders have pointed out, the governor’s decision to ban flavored vape liquid might not actually be entirely focused on vaping. They say the Democratic politician’s decision is part of a larger battle to establish more executive power among the nation’s governors. They argue the ban on vaping products is likely to be cited in any attempts by governors to ban the ownership of assault weapons or high-capacity magazines via emergency powers.

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