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Michigan Senate Approves 18% Tax on Vaping Products


The Senate of Michigan has recently approved an 18% tax on vaping products. Large groups of people are showing reactions to this decision saying that this is a movement that is trying to end vaping. With this, an 18% tax on nicotine-containing e-liquids will be imposed and it will allow the sales of flavored vaping products. In September 2019 Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order banning the sale of flavored e-liquids across the state of Michigan. “As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Gov. Whitmer in a statement at the time.

In response to the block, Gov. Whitmer took the matter to the Supreme Court. However, the latter denied Gov. Grethchen Whitmer’s request to remove the lower court’s block on the ban and also denied her request that the high court consider the case before the Court of Appeals, saying that they were  “not persuaded that the question should be reviewed by this court before consideration by the Court of Appeals.”

The new bill allows flavors

Finally, this new bill would set up an enforcement and licensing system for shops that sell vaping products, but thankfully allows flavors. Additionally, it would change the age limit for purchasing tobacco and vaping products across the state, from 18 years old to 21, and impose a tax rate of 18% on vape products.

“It’s regulated. It’s enforced,” said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, about the measure. Ananich, who was one of the sponsors of the bill, said it would give adults the “choice one way or another” to use the products, and that it aimed to resolve a lack of clarity surrounding federal and state policy on vaping in Michigan.