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Governor OKs e-cigarette ban for minors, says bill inadequate

FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store...
FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago. Some schools are taking stricter measures to keep e-cigarettes out of students� hands, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes, because the devices, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used for illegal substances like marijuana. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)(WNDU)
Published: Jun. 4, 2019 at 4:38 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a ban to prohibit minors from using electronic cigarettes, but says the legislation should also have classified the devices as tobacco products.

The federal government already prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But Michigan is among just two states without its own restrictions.

Whitmer said the bill enacted Tuesday is an important step in protecting public health, but she signed it with "significant reservations" due to concerns about creating new categories that could be used to exempt e-cigarettes from evidence-based tobacco regulation.