Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products

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By Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
Updated

Residents in Michigan who enjoy flavored vaping may soon see some of their favorite flavors go up in smoke.

Michigan announced it will be the first state to ban flavored nicotine products.

On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer “took action to protect Michigan kids from the harmful effects of vaping,” a statement from the governor‘s office said.

The actions include making Michigan the first state in the nation to ban flavored nicotine vaping products.

“As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders’ public health,” Whitmer said.

According to Whitmer, after her Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, made a finding that youth vaping constitutes a public health emergency, she ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in retail stores and online, and ban misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like “clean,” “safe,” and “healthy” that perpetuate beliefs that these products are harmless.

Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to enforce an existing statute to prohibit the advertising of vapor products on billboards.

“Governor Whitmer has taken bold and appropriate action in response to the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “In the absence of robust regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, we know shockingly little about the health impact of e-cigarettes being widely marketed to youth and adults. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses associated with e-cigarette use has only added to the uncertainty and increased the need for immediate action. What we do know is nicotine is highly addictive and has adverse effects on the developing brain, and flavors strongly appeal to youth. Gov. Whitmer’s action will protect Michiganders, particularly the state’s youth, from the known and unknown potential health risks of e-cigarette use. We urge the FDA to move urgently to protect public health and exercise strict oversight over all e-cigarette products.”

On June 4, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 106 and 155, which clarify that it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products to minors.

In her signing message to the Legislature, Governor Whitmer criticized the legislation for not going far enough to protect Michigan’s kids from nicotine addiction, calling the marketing, packaging, and taste of e-cigarettes a “bait-and-switch” engineered to “create new nicotine addicts.”

“In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosive increase in the number of Michigan kids exposed to vaping products,” said Khaldun.

“This is a public health crisis. These products can contain harmful chemicals that put our kids’ health at risk. I’m looking forward to working with Governor Whitmer to mitigate these effects and keep our kids healthy.”

According to the governor’s office, from 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students.

In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. kids, including one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students were regular users.

These rates are still reportedly climbing, likely due to the availability of flavors akin to apple juice, bubble gum, and Nerds.


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Huron Township Applefest set for Oct. 5–6

Applefest in Huron Township is during the first weekend in October (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

 


By Scott Bolthouse—The Huron Hub ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Applefest 2019 in Huron Township is set for the first weekend in October.

The festival, held Oct. 5 and 6 this year in downtown New Boston, is the most popular event held annually in the township and is celebrating its 39th year.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Parade fans will be elated to hear that the Applefest parade is back after it was cancelled two years in a row due to the closure of the Waltz Road Bridge.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, starting at the entrance of Huron Metropark on Waltz Road and continuing over the bridge into downtown New Boston.

For a parking map and more information, visit the Applefest website.


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Share your back to school photos with The Huron Hub

It’s back to school in Huron Township! Share your photos with us.


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 — 6 AM EST

Today’s the big day for students and staff in the Huron School District.

A long summer is over and it’s back to school.

View our Facebook post with today’s back to school photos submitted by parents in the district

Huron Schools start today (kindergartners in the district start Thursday).

Back to school is a special time for parents and kids, so we know photos are being snapped all over the township this morning.

Share your back to school photos with The Huron Hub. We’ll feature them in a special gallery.

To share your photos, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, or email your back to school photos to Editor@HuronHub.com.

Good luck to all of the students and staff today. Here’s to starting the year off right.

Related articles:

Here is the Huron School District fall newsletter

Carrie Fisher named principal of Brown Elementary

Back to school reminder: don’t drive foolish around school buses


‘Slight risk’ for severe weather Tuesday evening

(Huron Hub file photo)


Posted Monday, Sept. 3, 2019 – 12:00 p.m.


There is a slight risk for severe weather Tuesday evening.

The main risk looks to be between 5 p.m. and midnight.

An isolated tornado, strong winds, and hail could be possible with any passing storm this evening.

Here is an informative weather graphic from The National Weather Service in Detroit:


(Updated) Driver hospitalized after vehicle strikes Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road near Metro Airport

(Photo courtesy of Melissa LaForest)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published August 30, 2019 — 5:30 PM EST 

Update–Aug. 31, 4:30 PM:

As of 2:15 p.m., Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—reopened. The Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka also reopened, following an accident on Friday. Crews worked around the clock to make repairs and remove debris from the roadways.

Initial post:

A driver was hospitalized Friday after the commerical vehicle they were driving struck the Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road in Romulus shortly before noon.

The collision caused significant damage to the bridge, located just south of Detroit Metro Airport.

Falling debris from the collision with the bridge caused the driver’s injuries.

Traffic in the area is currently being rerouted.

“Traffic around the south end of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is being rerouted. Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—and the Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka are closed,” a statement from Detroit Metro Airport officials said.

The boom on the vehicle is what struck the overpass.

It was not properly stowed at the time of impact, the statement said.

The driver sustained injuries due to falling concrete.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Another person, who was injured in a nearby car, was treated at the scene and released.

“Contractors with the Wayne County Airport Authority are currently assessing the structural damage to the bridge. The roadways may be closed through the holiday weekend. Westbound Eureka Road is open,” the statement said.


Carrie Fisher named principal of Brown Elementary

Brown Elementary School — Huron Hub file photo


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published August 29, 2019 — 3:00 PM EST 

Carrie Fisher, current assistant principal at Renton Junior High School, has been named as the new principal at Brown Elementary.

The decision was announced Thursday afternoon in a letter sent to families in the Huron School District by Supt. Donovan Rowe.

“Mrs. Fisher has been an educator for over 18 years. She spent 14 years as an elementary education teacher in both the general education and special education classrooms. She has also spent the last 4 years as the assistant principal at Renton Jr. High School, right here in New Boston. Her work within our district has demonstrated her passion for working with students, teachers, parents, and staff. She has shown a dedication to raising student achievement, forming positive relationships, ensuring that students have a safe and productive learning environment. She understands the unique culture within the Huron School District Community, and she is committed to ensuring that Brown Elementary is a great place for students to learn and grow,” Rowe said in the letter.

The principal job was previously awarded to an elementary principal working in a neighboring district who went through the district’s application and hiring process, but decided to back-out of the job last week after previously signing a contract with the district.

Related: Newly named Brown Elementary principal backs out of job; district to hire interim principal to start school year

Fisher will initially work alongside an interim principal at the beginning of the school year, which starts on Sept. 3.

Click here to read Rowe’s full letter