Rep Albert Michigan must do more to keep ecigarettes away from minors

first_img Categories: Albert News,News A bill recently introduced by state Rep. Thomas Albert would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in state law, making Michigan a healthier place to live.“We’ve got to do more to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children,” Albert, of Lowell, said of the bill which also would classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. “This is an important public health concern. While some consider e-cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes, they are still harmful, and can lead as a gateway to tobacco use by young people. We need to step up and do the right thing for our kids.”The federal Food and Drug Administration has rules banning the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, but there is nothing similar in state law doing so.  Adopting a state law will make enforcement easier for both law enforcement and schools trying to keep the products off their campuses, and keep Michigan protected if the federal regulations change, Albert said.The measure would tax electronic cigarettes and similar devices such as e-pipes and vape pens at 32 percent of the wholesale price. The legislation calls for 75 percent of the tax revenue to go to the Michigan Medicaid Benefits Trust Fund, and 25 percent to go to the state’s main budget supporting multiple programs and departments.Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. A heating device vaporizes liquid inside a cartridge, called “vaping.”Like other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and similar devices contain highly addictive nicotine. The U.S. Surgeon General says e-cigarettes pose a significant health risk to young people, increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health.“I’m hopeful this legislation will be a key step toward improving the health of Michigan residents, especially our young people,” Albert said.###Albert’s legislation is House Bill 4893. 28Sep Rep. Albert: Michigan must do more to keep e-cigarettes away from minorslast_img read more

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