Legislators Introduce Bills to Ban Harmful Vaping Chemical
LANSING — State Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park), and Joe Bellino (R-Monroe) introduced House Bills 5159-5161 this week to ban vaping products that contain vitamin E acetate, which has been linked to recent health issues across the country by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), from being sold in Michigan. The 3-bill bipartisan package would cover marijuana, nicotine and nicotine alternative vapor products containing the chemical. House Bill 5159, sponsored by Hammoud, would specifically revise the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to prohibit the processing and sale of marijuana products containing vitamin E acetate.
“As findings on the vaping health epidemic continue to emerge, we know our state can address a critical issue by banning products with vitamin E acetate, which studies have linked to major health effects,” said Hammoud. “While the merits of vaping continue to be debated, banning this chemical is essential and urgent while we fight to solve this issue.”
House Bill 5160 was introduced by Liberati to revise the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act to prohibit the processing and sale of marijuana that contains vitamin E acetate.
“Protecting public health is critically important, and these bills take a proactive approach,” said Liberati. “The chemical banned in this legislation is not integral to vaping products, and there is simply no reason why we should continue to allow it to endanger the health of our residents.”
House Bill 5161, introduced by Bellino, would prohibit the sale of vapor products or alternative nicotine products containing vitamin E acetate.
“Smokeless tobacco products have become a large part of people looking to quit smoking,” said Bellino. “This is a smart step that addresses concerns around public health and ensures these products are safe.”
In early October, Michigan reported its first death from vaping-related lung injury, bringing the total of reported injuries to 30 people in the state since the end of August this year. House Bills 5159-5160 were referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for further consideration.