Cadillac Area Public Schools, Parents Applaud Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

Governor Whitmer made Michigan the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette liquid, citing public health concerns, specifically for children.

Whitmer says the ban is a crucial step toward keeping kids from becoming nicotine addicts for life.

You may remember she already signed a bill into law that makes sales of vaping products to minors illegal, but says it didn’t go far enough.

The executive action comes after the state’s chief medical executive found youth vaping to be a public health emergency.

The governor says the colorful packaging and candy like flavors can make nicotine liquids enticing to minors, and these executive rules will stop that marketing too.

“This is a health crisis we’re confronting. And it would never be permitted if it was cigarettes, but we’re letting these companies target our kids, appeal to our kids, and deceive our children, and they’re showing signs of respiratory illnesses that no one can explain. That’s why we’re taking bold action in Michigan. It’s time for us to lead,” Whitmer said.

Retailers will have 30 days to clear their stock. The emergency rule can exist for six months and be renewed for another six months.

“It was a little buzz around the office. I applaud or state for saying this is a real issue and we’re not going to back down from that,” Cadillac Area Public Schools’ superintendent, Jennifer Brown said,

Brown says e-cigarettes have been an issue in her district.

“We have caught students with e-cigarettes and vaping. I think originally when we first realized this was surfacing with our kids, nobody really knew the impact,” she said.

And she feels the fruity flavors aren’t helping.

“I do believe when you name a flavor fruit loops, as an adult I’m not eating fruit loops, but my children tend to like sugary cereal. It’s certainly hitting our youth differently,” she explained.

Angela Metzger’s three kids go to Cadillac schools. She says the growing trend of e-cigarettes has been a source of anxiety.

“I was excited to hear somethings being done because as a mom, just reading different articles about people being sent to the hospital,” Metzger said.

She says her children know their peers are using them.

“I send articles like this is why you don’t, you know I know it’s a pressurized thing and there’s a lot of peer pressure surrounding that,” Metzger said.

Wednesday’s decision makes her proud to be a Michigander.

“I am proud of the school system for taking a stand also against it and it makes me proud to be from Michigan,” Metzger said.

This ban is only in place for six months and at the end of that period the state will decide if they want to continue it.