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New law bans sale of vaping products to minors

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By Kasey Schefflin- Emrich | Sep 10, 2019

Tobacco

Michigan recently passed a law prohibiting the sale of vaping products to minors.

Known as Public Act 18 of 2019, the legislation bans the selling, giving, or furnishing of tobacco, vapor and alternative nicotine products to minors, as well as bans the purchase, possession or use of tobacco, vapor, and alternative nicotine products by minors.

An individual who sells, gives or furnishes these products to minors will be charged with a misdemeanor and face monetary fines ranging from $100 to $2,500 depending on the number of offenses. Sellers of the products are required to post a sign close to the point of sale that says minors are prohibited by law from purchasing the products and will be subject to criminal penalties if they violate the law. Sellers must verify individuals are at least 18 years old by examining their government-issued photo ID if the sale is made in-person or using an independent, third-party age verification service if the sale is made by the internet or other remote sales method.

Minors who purchase, attempt to purchase or possess these products will be charged with a misdemeanor and can face monetary fines of $50 for each violation, as well as be required to perform community service, and participate in a health promotion and risk reduction assessment program.

The law was sponsored by Sen. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and took effect last week.

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