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State gives stores until Oct. 2 to remove vaping products

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Cheyna Roth
Michigan Radio

Michigan retailers have two weeks to clear their shelves of flavored, nicotine-laced vaping products. The state health department issued new rules Wednesday that ban the sale of those products. The ban also applies to online retailers who ship vaping products to Michigan customers.

Bob Wheaton is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He says the rule follows a formal declaration that vaping is a “public health emergency.”

“The reason for that was the feeling that those are the products that the young people are using and those are the products that the industry is using to try to attract other people to vape.”

The Trump administration has announced a federal flavored vaping ban is also on the way.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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