Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 05-09-2019
Michigan in the US has became the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to protect young people from the potentially harmful effects of vaping.
The Washington Post reports, the ban, which covers both retail and online sales, will go into effect as soon as the health department issues rules, sometime in the next 30 days.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she ordered the ban after the state health department found youth vaping constituted a public health emergency.
“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States says:
- 20% of high school students use e-cigarettes
- Most contain nicotine which hurts brain development.
- Flavoured kinds use packaging specifically meant to appeal to the youth.
Earlier this year the draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems bill in South Africa proposed controlling electronic cigarettes.