In June, San Francisco became the first major city in the United States to ban sales of e-cigarettes. On Wednesday, Michigan became the first state to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in an interview, said the state health department found youth vaping constituted a public health emergency, prompting her to take the action. E-cigarette companies have been accused of using popular sweet flavors such as bubble gum to get young people hooked on nicotine. Whitmer’s move applies to retail and online sales of vaping products that use sweet and fruity flavors as well as mint and menthol ones. It does not cover tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette order is effective immediately, but businesses will have 30 days to comply.
At Oxford, we often ask business owners what keeps them up at night when evaluating risk concerns, and a change in regulation affecting a business, such as one that sells or distributes e-cigarettes, may be one such cause of a sleepless night. Having coverage under an Oxford policy that addresses legislative and regulatory changes or administrative actions could make the difference in getting a good night’s sleep. Want to learn more? Ask for an Oxford Risk Management Consultant at 410.472.6490.
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