Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Westland police launch educational visits on vaping

Michigan retailers are no longer allowed to sell flavored e-cigarettes without being fined or serving possible jail time, according to new state laws.
Police in Westland are taking the new law seriously and have assigned police and traffic bureau officers to conduct an educational campaign by visiting establishments currently selling these types of products. 

"The purpose for these visits will be to educate the shop owners on the emergency rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and ensure that the shops do not have any prohibited products offered for sale," said Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. "We will have a team of community officers on the road for the next few days reminding them of the ban."
Officers will instruct shop owners to remove offending products if they have not already and they will conduct follow up to ensure that they continue to comply with the emergency rules, he added.
There is also a component to the emergency rules that deals with advertising restrictions for the banned products. 
E-cigarettes come in flavors such as cotton candy and bubble gum. The health risks of these e-cigarettes remain unknown but have proven to be dangerous, Jedrusik said.