9/24/19 — Rep. Steven Johnson introduced House Bill 5019.
How would HB5019 affect the Michigan Flavor Ban? If passed, HB5019 would modify the ban to allow up to 20ml nicotine in flavored e-liquid
9/25/19 — HB5019 sent to Regulatory Reform Committee. Committee Chairperson, Rep. Michael Webber to determine if/when this bill will be sent to the floor for a vote.
10/14/19 — Rep. Webber scheduled HB5019 for a vote on October 22, 2019 — so now a majority of the committee members (8 out of 15) need to vote IN FAVOR of passing this bill along
YES VOTE = A vote to move this bill along to the next stage of the process
NO VOTE = A vote to stop the bill
Please call & email all 15 committee members asking them to vote in favor of passing HB5019 along.
15 Committee Members of House Bill 5019
(9 Republicans & 6 Democrats)
SUBJECT: Please Support HB 5019
I am urging you to support Representative Steve Johnson’s Bill, House Bill 5019.
Many, including the Michigan Governor, are understandably concerned about young people using smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products, and I commend her for wanting to address the issue. HB5019 addresses the issue by eliminating the high-nicotine flavors that our youth desire. Continued access to flavors, in a lower nicotine level, will encourage former smokers to stay on the path of tobacco harm reduction. Additionally, HB5019 allows for this thriving Michigan industry to maintain its health. Michigan businesses will stay open.
Although wild speculation by anti-tobacco activists would have you believe that the range of flavors serves the sole purpose of enticing children, in reality, the variety of flavors plays a crucial role in helping adults transition away from smoking. Prohibiting the sale of these products will discourage people who smoke from quitting, or, at least, smoking less. Most egregious, this regulation will likely cause thousands of Michiganders to return to smoking cigarettes, which remain the most visible and popular tobacco product on the market.
While the advent of high-nicotine devices has enticed many youths, most adult former smokers actually work to lower their nicotine level. (Something that’s possible with e-cigarettes.) A 2% nicotine solution is logically less addictive than a 5% solution.
The Vapor Industry allows Michigan to enjoy over 4000 jobs and over 51 million dollars in state and local taxes, with a total economic impact of over 600 million dollars. Every one of those employees feels as though they are making a positive influence. Let’s keep the manufacture of these products in a responsible, regulated environment, instead of in a robust black market.
Europe has used a similar strategy and has nowhere near the youth vaping problem we have here. This provides real-world evidence that this approach is effective.
Prohibiting flavor options unfairly creates an additional barrier to Michigan’s adult smokers becoming smoke-free. But, limiting access to nicotine, opposed to flavors, will help accomplish the goal of less nicotine addiction and help establish Michigan as a leader in addressing the youth vaping problem in a smart, thoughtful way.