MI has become the first U.S. state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes amid concerns that the products are encouraging young people to take up vaping.
Her state executive order comes on the heels of a MI health department determination that vaping amounts to a public health emergency in the state, where at least six people have fallen ill with severe lung damage linked to e-cigarettes.
Whitmer said in a written statement that her No 1 priority was keeping kids safe, and she wanted to stop companies that are using candy flavors to "hook children on nicotine". "And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe".
The Detroit Free Press reports that the ban will take effect immediately, but MI businesses have 30 days to comply with the order.
The measure will last six months, with the possibility of an extension and comes amid other action against vaping.
Businesses have 30 days to comply once the filing is completed in "a few weeks". The investigation mirrors a probe by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is tracking a rash of roughly 200 similar lung illnesses across 23 states. The ban includes all flavors, including menthol, except for tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.
In this undated stock photo, a teen is smoking an e-cigarette.
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"These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders' public health". MI officials are investigating six such cases.
Ted Kwang, a company spokesperson for Juul, said: "This full prohibition will drive former adult smokers who successfully switched to vapor products back to deadly cigarettes, deny the opportunity to switch for current adult smokers, and create a thriving black market instead of addressing the actual causes of underage access and use".
In June, San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously voted to make the city the first in the USA to effectively ban e-cigarette sales.
"In the past few years, we've seen an explosive increase in the number of MI kids exposed to vaping products", said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for the State of MI and chief deputy director for health at MDHHS.
Whitmer's executive authority as governor allowed her to implement a six-month ban on the sale of flavored e-cig products.
Flavored e-cigarette concentrates for sale at a Detroit store.