The past few years have gained notoriety for the rise in vape use and e-cigarette technological advancement. However, not all are content with these innovations, igniting an anti-vape panic that has caused many state governors to implement a ban on flavored e-cigarette products. This has made headlines across the nation and in the midst of mass anti-vape hysteria, safe and responsible e-cigarette users are confused about where their state stands.
To keep our passionate vapers informed, we’ve compiled a guide on the vape bans state by state.
On September 3rd, 2019, Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the first to enact a state-wide flavored vape ban. Signing an executive order, her ban can only be active for six months but has the potential to be renewed afterwards. Due to this ban, a myriad of local e-cigarette shops has had to temporarily close as they await the results of two pending lawsuits – one against the state and one federal. The ban applies to all fruit and sweet flavored vape products, however, the sale of tobacco-flavored products is still legal.
During mid-September, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, authorized his statewide ban on vape products following Michigan’s ruling. This ban applied directly to flavored vape products in an attempt to prevent underage consumers from having access. The state of New York is in a legal battleground with various vape advocacy groups who have worked to block the ban and have been successful in doing so as of late.
Oregon’s ban is far more severe than the prior two, with Governor Kate Brown issuing an order banning all flavored nicotine-based vape products as well as THC-vape products. The order, however, does not apply to pure cannabis terpenes, although the only documented death in the state attributed to vaping was via a state-controlled marijuana dispensary. This ban will be in effect for six months, although vape activists are actively working to block it.
Utah has so far been a more lenient state, with the State Department of Health issuing an emergency rule requiring tobacco retailers to place warnings for consumers about THC-enhanced vape products. The order also restricts any sale of flavored nicotine vape products or cannabis-vape products to tobacco retailers only, restricting convenience stores or gas stations from having selling rights.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee enacted an executive order in late September directing the State Health Department to take several legal actions against the vape industry. The ban applies to all flavored vape products, including THC-enhanced vape products, and is likely to last four months.
As history has proven by the immense failure that was the war on drugs, prohibition is not only quite ineffective, it fosters and breeds hazardous environments for the users. The argument is that by banning vape products, anti-vape proponents can reduce the demand for these products and their consumption by underage consumers.
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