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Gov. Snyder vetoes e-cigarette legislation

Jan 16, 2015

E-cigarettes and e-liquids.
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Gov. Snyder has long said he's wanted e-cigarettes treated more like tobacco products under the law.

In his veto, Snyder said House Bill 4997, Senate Bills 667 and 668 would have kept e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products from being regulated as tobacco products under Michigan law.

More from the Governor's press release:

The devices resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes and share a common ingredient, which is the highly addictive chemical nicotine that is derived from tobacco.

“We need to make sure that e-cigarettes and other nicotine-containing devices are regulated in the best interest of public health,” Snyder said. “It’s important that these devices be treated like tobacco products and help people become aware of the dangers e-cigarettes pose.”

The legislation would have gone against the position taken by 40 state attorneys general, including Michigan’s Bill Schuette, who believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should regulate e-cigarettes pursuant to its tobacco product authority.

The governor says the medical community supports his decision to treat alternative nicotine products like tobacco under the law.

With this veto, Gov. Snyder has now made decisions on all legislation that has come out of the 2013-2014 session.