Yesterday, Michigan announced that they would be the first state in the U.S. to ban flavored e-liquids. This includes both retail and online sales and it goes into effect immediately. Shops have 30-days to sell what they already have in stock. The ban will last for six months and can then be renewed for another six months after that.
This ban is the result of an executive order put in place by Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer.
Whitmer is currently doing this unilaterally, meaning she made this decision on her own without the agreement of others and she’s supposedly working with the legislature to get it written into statute later.
Phillip Morris (PMI) has been trying to get their “heat-not-burn” product, the IQOS, approved to be sold in the U.S. for years now. If you’re not familiar with the IQOS, it’s an electronic device that heats tobacco-filled sticks, branded as Heatsticks at PMI, to the point of creating vapor, but it doesn’t get hot enough to burn the tobacco and create smoke. These Heatsticks look a lot like cigarettes, but they’re shorter and have ingredients like VG or PG that allows them to be vaporized. The IQOS has been hugely successful in other countries, so obviously, PMI wants to sell them in the U.S. too.
Provape is back in business (under new ownership, I think, and the Provari is not returning as far as I know). They asked if they could announce their return on VapePassion.com and I said sure! So here it is!
If you’re a vaping enthusiast, it probably means you have heard the name ProVape.com at some point or another. Once referred to as the unheralded titan of the Vaping industry – and this time we’re here to stay, and even if you haven’t heard about us, this is for you, too.
There has been a lot of talk about this in recent weeks and now we know it’s almost a certainty. The FDA is expected to ban the sales of flavored e-juice throughout the country as soon as this week (maybe even today!).
For now, this is only going to happen in convenience stores and gas stations. The ban will only apply to pods or cartridges, so basically, this is targeting Juul products. They do not plan to ban open tank system products.
The FDA also said they will allow mint and menthol flavors since cigarettes also come in menthol and the FDA doesn’t want to give cigarettes an advantage over vaping.
To many of you, this news probably won’t be a problem since you likely buy online or in vape shops, but this is a pretty big deal for the majority of vapers in the country. Hobbyists and hardcore vapers like us are only a small segment of vapers as a whole, but the majority of vapers are non-hobbyists who are vaping to quit smoking. They don’t care about new products on the market. They just want to stop smoking. And now these people will be left without any flavor options.
This could have serious ramifications for people trying to quit. Another important consideration is that there are many towns throughout the country that don’t even have access to vape shops. If they can’t get flavors from vape shops, convenience stores, or gas stations, many of these people might simply go right back to smoking.
My guess is that the FDA is starting with convenience stores and gas stations because that’s where most underage sales happen, either by a sales clerk or an of-age person buying it for a younger person. Even if that’s true, this sets a dangerous precedent for further increasing bans later.
I’m personally against this ban, but what do you think?