The Michigan Court of Claims has halted the state’s ban on flavored vapes on Tuesday, issuing a preliminary injunction against the ban, which began on October 2.

In an article in the Detroit Free Press, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens said, “The harm done to vape businesses that would have to shut down because of the ban outweighs the interest of the state in stopping youths from using the products”. This followed a lawsuit by two retailers over the ban initiated by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The Governor said she planned to ask for a stay of the Court of Claims ruling and appeal it directly to the state Supreme Court.

Broadcasters should use caution in advertising of such products. MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford wrote about concerns for broadcasters following the announcement of the Michigan ban in September. Broadcasters may read Oxenford’s article here.

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