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Michigan's e-cigarette ban comes with harsh penalties — potentially years in prison for violators

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'These interventions are, indeed, unduly harsh'

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Earlier this month, Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, and according to the Detroit News, the penalties for violators are extremely harsh.

In an opinion column written by Jessie Kelley and Carrie Wade of the R Street Institute, titled, "Vape flavor ban doesn't help kids, hurts adults," the authors make the case that this presumably well-intentioned ban carries consequences that outweigh the benefits, particularly in how it punishes those found in possession of the banned products.

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