Massachusetts adopts powerful ban on flavored vaping, tobacco merchandise

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BOSTON (Information) – Massachusetts on Wednesday adopted the nation’s hardest ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping merchandise, together with menthol cigarettes, in response to an increase in youth vaping and an outbreak of vaping-related severe lung accidents.

FILE PHOTO: A person makes use of a vape system on this illustration image, September 19, 2019. Information/Adnan Abidi/Illustration/File Picture

Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed into regulation laws handed by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature earlier this month that additionally locations a 75% excise tax on e-cigarettes.

A number of different states have just lately adopted emergency bans on the sale of flavored vaping merchandise amid a nationwide outbreak of lung accidents amongst e-cigarette customers and issues in regards to the rising reputation of the merchandise amongst highschool and center college college students.

Baker’s administration starting in September had moved to briefly ban on all vaping product gross sales. That ban will stay in impact till Dec. 11 whereas new vaping laws are adopted in mild of the primary ban handed by a state legislature.

“We stay dedicated to doing every part we will to guard the general public well being,” Baker stated throughout a information convention.

The regulation was enacted amid public alarm over a mysterious U.S. vaping-related respiratory sickness that has sickened almost 2,300 individuals and resulted in 47 deaths, in keeping with authorities officers.

Well being officers investigating the lung accidents have recognized vitamin E acetate, believed for use as a reducing agent in illicit vaping merchandise containing marijuana parts, as a “chemical of concern” within the outbreak.

The outbreak has coincided with the rising reputation of flavored vaping merchandise amongst underage customers, creating issues a few new era of People turning into hooked on nicotine merchandise.

Greater than 27.5% of American highschool college students use e-cigarettes, up from 20.7% in 2018, in keeping with a current U.S. authorities examine.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in September stated it might unveil a sweeping ban on most e-cigarette and vaping flavors. Issues in regards to the potential lack of jobs have prompted Trump, a Republican, to revisit the difficulty.

Baker stated states can solely accomplish that a lot to control vaping, however “sadly it’s turning into more and more clear the federal authorities just isn’t going to behave decisively.”

The Vapor Know-how Affiliation, a vaping business commerce group that unsuccessfully challenged Baker’s earlier vaping gross sales ban in court docket, signaled its opposition in an announcement issued when the Massachusetts Senate handed the legislative ban.

“Bans don’t work; they by no means have,” Tony Abboud, the group’s govt director, stated.

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Modifying by Invoice Berkrot