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. Lori Stone (D-Warren) issued the following statement:

“Our highest priority is to protect the safety and well-being of the families of Michigan we’re sworn to represent. Addressing a public health crisis of this size and scope requires bold action, especially when flavored nicotine is currently being targeted at our children and so little research has been done about the dangerous long-term effects of vaping. I’m proud to see Gov. Whitmer taking the lead on this issue, and I will continue working diligently with community organizations like the Warren/Center Line Prevention Coalition and CARE to support healthier neighborhoods and combat addiction and misuse of all potentially harmful substances.”