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Michigan Governor (unilaterally) bans vaping......and other satellite issues....

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In response to increased concerns about the growing popularity of vaping and E-cigs, some states are considering laws to prevent the sale of these products to minors or ban them entirely. Michigan has become the first state in the US to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, with the intent of making it less appealing to minors.

Emergency Order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the state’s health department to issue an emergency ban on nicotine vaping products in stores and even online. A notice from the governor’s office also said that the government will be seeking to prevent e-cig companies from marking or advertising in the state.

Whitmer’s executive authority as governor allowed her to implement a six-month ban on the sale of flavored e-cig products. While the length of the ban is limited due to procedural law, it will be possible for the ban to be renewed for another six months once the current order is expired. In the meantime, she will be urging lawmakers in the state to write an official and permanent ban into law.


Whitmer told MSNBC that she would continue to impose the ban “unilaterally” until the state’s legislature passes a similar law.


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Other jurisdictions and cities throughout the country have implemented similar bans, but this is the first statewide ban of its kind. Earlier this year, the city of San Francisco announced a new law that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. A similar measure was passed this August in Boulder, Colorado.

Mysterious Illness

E-cigarettes have become extremely popular in recent years because they are a safer alternative to cigarette smoke. In fact, many people have been able to quit smoking, and have experienced a noticeable improvement in health since switching to e-cigs. However, vaping is not entirely without risk. The New York Times reported that there is a mystery illness related to vaping, which experts are now considering an epidemic.

According to Dr. Melodi Pirzada, chief pediatric pulmonologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y, the symptoms of this mysterious illness include severe shortness of breath, vomiting, fever, and fatigue. In extreme cases, it could even lead to death. At least 205 cases of the mysterious illness have been reported in the US.


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Unintended Consequences

This mysterious illness was one of the reasons cited for the recent e-cig ban in the state of Michigan. However, representatives of the vaping industry believe that this could have the unintended consequence of sending people back to the more harmful traditional cigarettes that will still be readily available.

American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley suggests that the ban could send tens of thousands of ex-smokers back to combustible tobacco. Conley said that his organization is considering lawsuits to fight back against the ban.

However, some places are banning tobacco outright as well. Earlier this year, the sale of most tobacco products were banned in the affluent city of Beverly Hills, California. The Beverly Hills ban, which is the first of its kind in the United States, includes cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.


SF doesn't smoke cigs, (can't handle inhaling smoke directly into my lungs) and certainly have never used e-cigs, only the occasional (good) cigar but I am going to toss a couple of thoughts out there to stimulate the GID's reaction......

Can she really do this?  I guess the answer is yes and she can unilaterally keep this ban in place by renewing it every 6 months......But why?

SF isn't buying the "intent to make it less appealing to minors" reason.  I think something else is at play here, but I really haven't followed the latest stories out of the vaping community who is now on death's door because of this, so I really don't have an opinion as to what that reason could be nor do I even know.

Why is it that there is such a fervor against this (seemingly) safer alternative to smoking yet, an apparent, almost advertised embrace of smoking marijuana?  Wouldn't there be the same health issues smoking and inhaling smoke from weed and isn't weed addictive? 

Is it because you can tax weed sales?  But aren't the e-cigs and supplies subject to taxes?

Maybe the vaping companies aren't donating to the Democrat party?

Dunno.......Anyone have any ideas or comments?

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U.S. health officials announced Friday that they are now aware of at least 450 possible cases of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping. These cases, which have occurred in 33 states, include some cases that are still under investigation by state health officials.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday revealed the third and fourth confirmed vaping-related deaths in Minnesota and Indiana. Two deaths, one in Illinois and one in Oregon, had been previously reported.

Doesn't the act of inserting liquid (nevermind if it is infused with chemicals or not) into your lungs invite the occurrence of pneumonia-like symptoms that could potentially become deadly?  The State of New York stopped short of an outright ban, unlike Michigan simply "urging" a halt to people using vaping products......https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-governor-urges-halt-all-vaping-amid-lung-disease-n1051196




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Study Finds That the Vast Majority of Respiratory Diseases in Vapers Are Linked to Illegal THC Products: 


According to a new report on patients in Illinois and Wisconsin who experienced severe respiratory illnesses after vaping, 83 percent admitted using black-market cannabis products. While 17 percent said they had used nicotine only, some of them may have been reluctant to admit using illegal drugs, and it's not clear that any of them were using standard e-cigarettes.

These findings cast further doubt on the wisdom of general warnings about "vaping" and "e-cigarettes," which imply that legal nicotine products are implicated in these cases. Such warnings may encourage former smokers who are now vaping to start smoking again, a decision that exposes them to much greater health risks.

The new study, reported Friday in The New England Journal of Medicine, focused on 53 patients who had vaped within 90 days of their symptoms, typically within the previous week. Their median age was 19, and nearly a third were younger than 18. Among the 41 patients who were "extensively interviewed," 80 percent reported using THC products, 7 percent mentioned CBD products, and 17 percent said they had vaped nicotine only. The authors note that "information on product use is based on reports by the patients, and patients may be reluctant to report illicit drug use."


It's not clear whether any of the products in the THC-only cases were closed-system devices such as Juul, as opposed to refillable vaporizers. Nor is it clear whether the cartridges or e-liquids used in the devices were legally produced, illegal knockoffs, DIY solutions, or mystery fluids concocted by third-party suppliers.

At last count, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified "over 450 possible cases," including five fatalities, in which pulmonary diseases may have been caused by vaping. Data from California and New Mexico, like the Illinois and Wisconsin cases analyzed in the NEJM study, point to THC products as the main issue.

E-cigarettes have been in wide use for years, while these cases have cropped up only recently. It therefore seems likely that the agents responsible for the symptoms are relatively new.

The theory currently favored by public health officials investigating lung diseases among vapers, The New York Times notes, is that "some dangerous chemical or combination of chemicals has been introduced into the pipeline of vaping products." Investigators "believe that when people vape this noxious cocktail, it sets off a dangerous, even lethal, reaction inside the lungs." They "have said repeatedly that they do not yet know which substance or device may be causing this reaction, and that is the subject of their urgent investigation."

One possible culprit, identified in most samples of cannabis extracts tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and health officials in New York, is vitamin E acetate, an oil-based nutritional supplement that may be dangerous when inhaled. "Legally sold nicotine based e-cigs are not harmless," former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said on Twitter last week. "But most of these severe cases, so far, appear to be symptoms that can occur when either oils or lipid-containing substances enter lungs. This points to illegal products that are being cut with dangerous chemicals as a culprit." He added that "legitimate e-liquids are generally based on chemicals that are water soluble, not oils that can cause acute lung injury."


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