Hearing set for Tuesday before ban starts on flavored vaping

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PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — 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.

Whitmer accuses the makers of using candy flavors and deceptive ads to hook children. But Slis claims the emergency rules circumvented Michigan’s typical regulatory process.

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

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