LANSING — This morning 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. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) has issued the following statement:

“I applaud Governor Whitmer’s actions today and commend her for taking the necessary steps to address this growing public health crisis. Vaping and other tobacco products pose serious threats to our health and our communities and I have long been in favor of more stringent regulations on their distribution, sale, and consumption. As a Washtenaw County Commissioner, I worked to expand our ordinance prohibiting indoor smoking to include vaping products and e-cigarettes. I am proud to stand by the Governor’s side as she puts the health of all Michiganders first.”