FreedomWorks Foundation Statement in Response to Michigan Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D-Mich.) unilateral decision to ban flavored e-cigarettes, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Foundation’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

“Governor Whitmer has made a huge misstep for public health in Michigan by using unilateral executive action to ban e-cigarette flavors. By becoming the first state to enact such a ban, Michiganders are being denied access to the type of tobacco harm-reduction strategies that are saving lives and preserving freedom. This is not a badge to be worn proudly.

“Kids vape underage for the same reason they smoke underage; it’s trendy and rebellious. In order to prevent nicotine abuse by our nation’s youth, it would be far better to treat that issue intelligently, rather than restricting freedom of choice for law-abiding adults who want alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Sadly, Governor Whitmer has relied on both deceit and simplistic ‘logic’ instead.”