Immediate Release:
September 4, 2019

Statement: Gov. Whitmer's Flavored Vaping Ban Will Hurt Those Trying to Quit Smoking

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's rule banning flavored vaping products, Independent Women's Forum (IWF) Center for Progress and Innovation Director Julie Gunlock issued the following statement: 

"It’s unfortunate for the people of Michigan that Gov. Whitmer has chosen to ban the very product that has helped so many quit the far more harmful habit of smoking traditional cigarettes. This government meddling will only lead to a thriving black market for flavored e-cigarette liquid at the very time when the FDA is investigating injuries likely caused by the illegal trade of these products. Michigan citizens deserve better, and they certainly deserve the right to purchase products that can help them extend their lives by quitting smoking." 

Read more from Gunlock on how the ban will drive smokers back to cigarettes on the IWF blog


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