Michigan’s vape shop owners scored a significant victory in court on Tuesday when a judge blocked the state’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes, which went into effect on Oct. 2.
Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, in her decision, stated Tuesday that the details of the case “in favor of granting relief” and banned the state from implementing the rules towards flavored vaping products “till additional order of this court.”
Judge Stephens issued the injunction on the case involving a lawsuit filed by a business owner who sells vape products, Marc Slis, owner of 906 Vapor in Houghton, Michigan.
Michigan announced its ban on flavored vaping products on Sept. 4 – the first within the nation to take action – and it went into effect two weeks later.
The emergency rules issued by Gov. Whitmer ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, also for the adults, and the misleading marketing of e-cigarettes. The ban was in response to Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Khaldun declaring a public health emergency over the increase in youth e-cigarette use.
The six-month ban was applied on Sept.18, and companies had 14 days to adjust to it, or they might be topic to potential jailing and a $200 effective.
Gov. Whitmer has accused firms of utilizing sweet flavors and misleading promoting to “hook kids on nicotine.”
The Food and Drug Administration reported a 78 % increase from 2017 to 2018 among high school students now vaping. Multiple in four high school students reported vaping previously month, up from 1 in 5 students in 2018, based on the latest statistics. E-cigarette use amongst middle school students additionally increased. In the 2018 year, National Youth Tobacco Survey, researchers discovered that, among high school students who vaped usually, 88.1 % previously or still use tobacco. Among students who infrequently vaped, 60 % prior or still use tobacco.