LANSING — This week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to protect Michigan’s kids from the harmful effects of vaping. The governor’s order bans the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products, and misleading marketing regarding their safety. In response, state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) issued the following statement:

“Young Michiganders are in the midst of a public health crisis — this is supported by research from the U.S. Surgeon General and our own state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Bold action is needed now so that young people are not vaping as an entryway into nicotine addiction, while also fighting for adults who fight addiction via vaping. I’m proud to stand with Gov. Whitmer in her fight to stop bad actors from encouraging our young adults to trade their health for flavored nicotine, and look forward to helping all Michiganders make healthy lifestyle choices.”