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Michigan has develop into the primary US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes as a part of efforts to curb youth vaping.

The ban goes into impact within the subsequent 30 days and bars the sale of any flavoured vaping merchandise in retail shops and on-line.

“My primary precedence is protecting our children secure,” mentioned Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a press release.

The measure will final six months, with the potential of an extension and comes amid different motion towards vaping.

Ms Whitmer additionally banned what she described as deceptive advertising of such merchandise, prohibiting adverts that describe vaping merchandise as “clear”, “secure” or “wholesome”.

“We have seen an explosive improve within the variety of Michigan youngsters uncovered to vaping merchandise,” mentioned Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical govt for Michigan. “It is a public well being disaster.”

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In only one 12 months – from 2017 to 2018 – the US Meals and Drug Administration reported a 78% bounce at school college students vaping.

The transfer by Michigan’s governor is the most recent motion within the US towards e-cigarettes.

In June, San Francisco turned the primary US metropolis to ban gross sales of e-cigarettes and lawmakers in Boulder, Colorado, handed an analogous ban final week.

Reacting to the ban, Greg Conley, president of the American Vaping Affiliation, referred to as it a “shameless try at backdoor prohibition will shut down a number of hundred Michigan small companies and will ship tens of 1000’s of ex-smokers again to lethal flamable cigarettes.

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“These companies and their clients is not going to go down and not using a struggle.”