American Lung Association Statement Regarding Legal Challenge to Governor Whitmer’s Declaration of E-Cigarette Public Health Emergency
(September 27, 2019) - DETROIT
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Yesterday, a lawsuit was filed challenging Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration that e-cigarettes are creating a public health emergency and her implementation of emergency rules to help combat the epidemic.
The American Lung Association in Michigan supports Governor Whitmer’s decision to take bold action to combat e-cigarette use and especially support the rule to end sales of all flavored tobacco products, including mint and menthol.
There is a public health emergency in Michigan and across the country. The Lung Association remains deeply concerned about the hundreds of hospitalizations attributed to vaping across the country, including here in Michigan. While much remains to be determined about the reported cases of severe lung disease as well as the lasting health consequences of vaping, we are very troubled by what we see so far. The inhalation of harmful chemicals found in e-cigarettes can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. The developing lungs of youth may be more at risk. No one should use any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes.
Since this is a nationwide problem, the American Lung Association also calls on the FDA to immediately remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market nationwide, stop all tobacco industry marketing to children, and issue a rule that would establish effective age verification mechanisms for all online sales.
The agency also must enforce the law by prohibiting the introduction of new e-cigarette products without prior agency review and authorization and promptly review products already in use.
Until the FDA takes these necessary steps, states and cities should continue their growing efforts to protect kids by prohibiting the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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