Governor Rick Snyder isn't going to be happy after the Michigan Senate decided to ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18. Why? Well, he's still determined to have e-cigarettes regulated and taxed (especially taxed) as a tobacco product.
Snyder, who has previously vetoed the bill, didn't take long to start making some snide remarks about the Senate vote and showed his ignorance on the subject by wrongly stating: "It's a tobacco product and it should be treated as such. It's nicotine." His beliefs totally go against the views of a court that decided e-cigarettes are not a tobacco product. So it seems Snyder doesn't respect the wishes of the Michigan Senate or that of the courts. "Other states can look to this court decision and say this court did it this way, they reached the right decision and it can have wide range impacts," said Attorney Jessica Goodey.
Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was the sponsor of the bill and is worried about kids getting addicted to nicotine but added: "I don't think they should be treated like a tobacco cigarette. That's not what they are, They're a nicotine device similar to nicotine gum or a nicotine patch." Just like Snyder, Jones doesn't really know enough about the product as he thinks he does. He's of the view that sweet flavors exist purely to attract teenagers to e-cigarettes. He totally ignores the fact that the flavors aid ex-smokers desperate to give up deadly tobacco cigarettes.
He blows hot and cold does this Senator because at least he doesn't believe e-cigarettes should be taxed because of their use as a smoking cessation tool. He commented: "Many of my friends have used them to get off tobacco cigarettes; I think that's a good thing." But surely if he knows about that, he should have read about the use of the different flavors or do all of his friends shy away from flavored e-cigarettes? Time for some more research Mr Jones. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration with the Governor likely to cause more trouble in the future as he continues his misjudged crusade against e-cigarettes.