Gaylord Tobacco Shop Impacted by Flavored E-Cigarette Ban
The vaping debate picked up steam in Michigan on Wednesday following the governor’s emergency rule to immediately ban the use of flavored e-cigarettes.
Businesses selling flavored vaping products now have just 14 days to remove the products from their shelves.
That rule will be in place for 180 days and can be extended for another six months.
Health officials report middle and high schoolers across the country are increasingly using e-cigarettes because of their flavors.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is proud Michigan has been a national leader in preventing kids from getting their hands on flavored e-cigs.
Northern Michigan Tobacco in Gaylord sells a variety of products.
Now, over 150 different flavored vaping products on their shelves must be gone in 14 days.
“It is incredibly frustrating”
Alicia Brudna manages the store.
From cotton candy to banana, they have just about every flavor of vape liquid you can think of.
To try and get rid of as much as possible, they have put products on sale.
“We eat the cost on everything we’ve got left in stock, our vendors won’t take anything back. That is a significant loss, especially for small businesses like this one”
After all of these flavors get pulled from shelves, e-cigarette users will only be able to use tobacco flavoring.
“The majority of our customers want those [different] flavors. I wouldn’t switch from a mango or a cotton candy to the tobacco flavor, it’s just not appealing.”
Lisa Paxton started vaping three months ago to kick her smoking habit of 40 years.
“I wanted to get off cigarettes, but I wasn’t ready to get off the nicotine,” said Paxton
“For me, it’s gonna end up saving my life.”
Her favorite vape liquid flavor is Pina Colada.
Her husband, Justin Paxton, says he has been unsure about vaping since the start.
“I’m glad that they’re making steps,” said Justin.
“They got to be proactive here because, in about five years, they’ll be hell to pay.”
Northern Michigan tobacco says they’ll be able to survive the ban because of the other products they sell but other shops may not.