According to foreign reports, the government of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer lifted the ban on flavored nicotine e-cigarettes before it took effect.
The Michigan Department of health and human services appreciated the progress made in legislative solutions.
These rules are being withdrawn with the permission of the Joint Commission on administrative rules (jcar), which is composed of members of both houses of the legislature.
State representative r-coopersville said the committee was preparing to request changes if the rules were not revoked.
This is done with the permission of jcar, which means that DHHS can resume the rule process at any time.
For now, the government seems to support the package bill supported by Senate minority leader d-flint.
If passed, the legislation will no longer emphasize the complete prohibition, but impose higher taxes and supervision on flavored nicotine e-cigarette products.
This prompted criticism from supporters of the fragrance ban, including the cancer network of the American Cancer Society.
Andrew Schepers is the Michigan State Government Relations Director for the organization. He said he believes the governor’s goal is to prevent teenagers from developing the habit of tobacco, but the bill may do more harm than good. That’s because he is worried that higher tax rates on e-cigarettes may encourage consumers to develop more dangerous smoking habits.
“The real bad thing we worry about is that if we continue to make these changes, it may take another 10 to 15 years before we have a chance to clean it up,” sheperth said.
The researchers also expressed concern that disproportionately targeting e-cigarette products may have adverse consequences.
Kenneth Warner, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan, said that some smokers tend to see cigarettes and e-cigarettes as alternatives to each other.
“What we know further is that people are very price sensitive. If you raise the price of e-cigarettes without raising the price of cigarettes much, you will actually encourage those who have successfully quit smoking to switch to cigarettes,” Warner said.
The bill to replace the DHHS rule is currently stalled in the Senate committee.