Michigan Gov. Whitmer Glad Trump 'Following Our Lead' Regarding Flavored Vape

WWJ News
September 11, 2019 - 3:20 pm
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(WWJ) The Trump administration has announced that it's considering a federal ban on flavored nicotine vaping products, a week after Michigan's ban too effect. 

The move comes as health officials combat a rise in teen vaping and investigate hundreds of lung illnesses linked to the habit. At least three deaths have been linked to vaping.

At an Oval Office meeting on e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump told reporters that children should be protected.

"Vaping has become a very big business, as I understand it; like a giant business in a very short period of time." Trump said. "But we can't allow people to get sick and we can't allow our youth to be so affected."

"We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it," the president said. "We can't allow people to get sick...People are dying."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is applauding the decision, appearing to take some credit in a tweet:

"I’m glad the Trump administration is following our lead to ban flavored vaping products," Whitmer wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "This is great news for our kids, our families, and our overall public health."

Whitmer on Sept. 4 issued emergency rules, making Michigan the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes products.

The ban, which covers both retail and online sales of flavored nicotine vaping products, went into effect immediately, with businesses given 30 days to comply. The ban will last for six months, then can be renewed for another six months.