Banning things always works

Nice to see that my home state is leading the nation in a stupid idea.

“Michigan will become the first state in the nation to ban flavored vape products in a move Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says is aimed at protecting youth.

The ban, which will be imposed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) through direction from Whitmer, prohibits online and retail sales of flavored nicotine vaping products.”

Can you believe the Legislature passed this? They didn’t.

“The move comes not by executive order from Whitmer, but through Michigan’s administrative rules process, which allows state agencies to create regulations or policies that, once authorized, act as laws.

The vaping ban rule has not yet been filed, but will be effective immediately once complete in a few weeks, Whitmer’s spokesperson said. At that point, the ban will last six months, and will give Michigan businesses 30 days to comply.”

Kinda love that I’m writing this while waiting for my Admin Law class to start. Why wait for the Legislature when you can simply subvert the process and do whatever shit you want.

Lest you accuse me of going back to my libertarian roots, it’s not just that. For almost 20 years I smoked a pack of cigarettes every day. My addiction was STRONG. Nothing worked.

I quit by vaping. Specifically, I switched to the “fruity flavors” to wean myself away from cigarettes. I stopped craving cigarettes because they started to smell and taste disgusting. A Newport tastes like ass when you’re accustomed to vaping birthday cake.

Under current Michigan rules, quitting smoking would have been way harder for me. This well intended rule could quite easily have the opposite effect. More often than not, this is the case. But Americans love to learn things the hard way.

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