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Hearing set for Tuesday before ban starts on flavored vaping

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 17:30:50-04

PETOSKEY, Mich. — Judges in state and federal court have declined to stop Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes in the short term, although a hearing is in the works just hours before the policy takes effect.

Federal Judge Robert Jonker and Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens separately rejected requests for retraining orders Monday. But Stephens says she'll hold a hearing Tuesday in Petoskey.

Mark Slis wants an injunction that would allow him and others to continue to sell flavored vaping products. He operates 906 Vapor in Houghton. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's ban starts Wednesday.

Slis claims the emergency rules circumvented Michigan's typical regulatory process. Whitmer says she's banning flavored vaping products because they're harmful to children.

Jonker says he'll give the state 14 days to respond to a different lawsuit filed in federal court.

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