The Michigan State Health Department announced Wednesday that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency ban on flavored vaping juice will go into effect on Oct. 2.
This has serious implications for the multi-billion dollar industry.
“It will be devastating,” said Uptown Vape Shoppe owner Scott Jewell. “I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to just roll over, but I can only do so much within the limits of the law.”
According to Jewell, the information put forth by the health department in response to the recent teenage deaths associated with vaping is “bogus” and not based on facts.
However, Jewell does believe they should “most definitely” be cracking down on minors.
“If you’re not 18, you shouldn’t have access to it,” Jewell said. “Nicotine is addicting, period.”
That is the exact reason that 18-year-old GRCC student, Gabriel Houseman, believes that not just vaping juice but also nicotine should no longer be legal.
“On one hand I guess removing the flavors is an attempt to stop getting teens addicted,” said Houseman. “But I’m thinking nicotine is more what’s getting them addicted, so removal of that might be more effective.”
While in favor of the statewide ban, Houseman does not think President Trump’s consideration of a nationwide ban would be a beneficial thing. Instead, Houseman said he believes that decision should be left up to the states. According to Houseman, there are “more important things” that the President should be focusing on.
In contrast, 24-year-old GRCC student Hannah Mahoney said she does believe that President Trump taking up this issue is a good idea, adding she is “not in favor of the whole vaporizing thing.”
Trump has been tweeting about the vaping issue, but Jewell said he does not believe the president should get involved. The vaping community is “so large” and therefore it would not be advantageous for him to do so.
Jewell added that he doubts the vape industry will simply “roll over.” While Jewell stated that he could not afford to take legal action himself, he said that he would be open to the idea of working with other vaporizing shops to take legal action together.
With an estimated $15,000-$20,000 worth of inventory that will no longer be legal to sell as of Oct.2, Jewell shook his said saying it was “frustrating.”
“I’m hopeful that within this next 13 days something will change,” Jewell said.