Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar discusses vaping regulations and aiding in the ongoing epidemic.
Michigan’s vape shop owners scored a major victory in court on Tuesday when a judge blocked the state's ban on flavored e-cigarettes, which went into effect on Oct. 2.
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Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, in her decision, said Tuesday that the facts of the case weigh “in favor of granting relief” and banned the state from enforcing the rules against flavored vaping products “until further order of this court.”
The injunction was issued by Judge Stephens on the case involving a lawsuit filed by a business owner who sells vape products, Marc Slis, owner of 906 Vapor in Houghton, Michigan.
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“There should be no question that we completely disagree," Gov. Whitmer’s office said immediately after the ruling and said they would have more of a response shortly. Michigan announced its ban on flavored vaping products on Sept. 4 – the first in the nation to do so - and it went into effect two weeks later.
The emergency rules issued by Gov. Whitmer prohibit the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, including to 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.