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State legislature holds hearing on vape ban

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Vape shop owners and advocates expressed their frustrations today with an upcoming state ban on flavored vaping products.              

The state Legislature can’t stop Governor Gretchen Whitmer from instituting a ban on flavored vaping products – but it decided to hold a hearing anyway.

Whitmer announced the ban last week – she said it’s to protect children’s health. But shop owners said the ban will put them out of business – and take away a valuable tool to help people stop smoking.

Marc Slis said flavored vaping was the only way he could quit smoking.  Now he owns 906 Vapor in the Upper Peninsula.

“You won’t just be banning flavors. You’ll be banning a lifesaving industry from this state. Guaranteed.”

Whitmer’s administration is still working on the details of these emergency rules. They would be in effect for 6 months.