Help Michigan Stop the Vapor Ban
On September 4, 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced she had decided to use her executive authority to ban flavored vaping products and would give 30 days to comply. In a rush to be first, Governor Whitmer filed the ban on September 19, 2019 and gave businesses only 14 days to comply by eliminating all non-tobacco flavored inventory (80%+ of their business).
What We're Doing
Mister-E-Liquid isn’t taking this ban lying down. We’re going to do whatever is necessary to make sure our customers never suffer under this unjust and ill-advised government overreach. Here are just a few things we’re doing to put a stop to it:
Bringing the fight to them
Mister-E-Liquid CEO Ron Pease testified against government overreach at Michigan Rep. Matt Hall’s Oversight Committee Hearing on September 12, 2019. Since then, the YouTube video of Ron’s testimony has been viewed over 150,000 times.
Mister-E-Liquid, Joost Vapor, Wild Bill’s, and several other businesses formed Defend MI Rights, a coalition of vaping companies and civil liberties groups. The coalition has filed a lawsuit to stop the ban.
We could use your support on DefendMIRights.com with any contributions, large or small, that you’re able to offer to help us fight this battle!
the legislative angle
Two bills have been introduced: House Bill 4996 and House Bill 5019. If a supermajority (two-thirds) of the Michigan House of Representatives votes in favor of either bill, it will pass and stop the Governor’s ban.
JUUL? E-CIGS? VAPES? CARTS? - Who suffers from a flavor ban
October 7, 2019
Closed Vapor is essentially JUUL and big tobacco, huge billion dollar companies, small devices, ultra high nicotine and a fraction of the cost.
Youths are NOT using open vaping systems to vape in the bathroom at school. It’s time to differentiate not only the technology, but what is being vaporized in the technology.
'We Vape, We Vote': How vaping crackdowns are politicizing vapers
October 9, 2019
They’re speaking out after a slew of attacks on their way of life. President Donald Trump announced his support for a vaping flavor ban in September. Some states temporarily banned the sales of vaping tools or flavors. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned people to stop vaping until public health experts can find the cause of more than a thousand cases of lung injuries nationwide.
What YOU CAN Do
Here are 2 ways you can help fight the Michigan Flavor Ban, allowing us to stay in business to provide you with the same great quality flavored products you have grown accustomed to:
1. Donate Now
The DEFEND MICHIGAN RIGHTS coalition needs funding. DEFEND MICHIGAN RIGHTS coalition members include Mister-E-Liquid, Joost Vapor, Wild Bills, Kalamazoo Vapor, ECig Outlet, 906 Vapor and many others. Obviously, any business could fight the Michigan flavor ban individually but DEFEND MICHIGAN RIGHTS believes that there is strength in numbers. Far more can be done to fight this Michigan flavor ban by pooling resources together.
2. legislative action
DEFEND MICHIGAN RIGHTS has hired the best-of-the-best in terms of attorneys, litigators, lobbyists and public relations. So far there have been 2 House Bills introduced that would stop the Governor’s ban: House Bill 4996 by Rep. LaFave and House Bill 5019 by Rep. Johnson. You can help move these bills along by clicking “TAKE ACTION” below.
Introduced by Rep Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain, MI, House Bill 4996 repeals the Emergency Executive Order imposed by Governor Whitmer, and declares that the health department shall not promulgate any rule that bans the sale, manufacture, and use of vapor products. It has been referred to the Committee on Government Operations.
On 9/24/19, Rep. Steven Johnson introduced a second bill opposing the Governor’s ban that would protect minors while keeping options that work available for those looking to quit smoking.
CURRENT STATUS: House Bill 5019 has been referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for further consideration.