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State Senate adopts anti-vaping bills over objections from tobacco opponents

Capitol Building in Lansing, MI
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Capitol Building, Lansing, MI

Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate have voted to get tougher on retailers that sell nicotine-infused vaping products to minors.

But Angela Clock with Tobacco-Free Michigan says that only creates an illusion of being tough on a public health threat.

She says whether they’re smoking or vaping, people are inhaling nicotine.

“They’re not better than tobacco products, and so they should be falling under that same category as they are made with nicotine, and nicotine is derived from tobacco,” says Clock. “And that nicotine is really the highly addictive piece that really is a stimulant and an addictive drug.”

She says anti-tobacco groups will continue to try to get the bills changed as they make their way to Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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