Vape products to be removed from Massachusetts stores following temporary ban

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Tuesday, Governor Baker enacted a four-month temporary ban on sales of all vaping products.

The ban includes vape flavors like mint and menthol, as well as non-flavored vaping products and marijuana vaping products.

The ban will take effect immediately and run through January of 2020.

Public health officials, along with local boards of health, plan to begin removing vape products from stores across the Commonwealth.

Below is an on the record statement sent to 22News from Tony Abboud, the Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association:

“Our hearts go out to individuals who have become ill or passed away and their families, and we believe this should be a call to action to officials to keep illegal products off the street. There is clear and compelling evidence that demonstrates that the illnesses are caused by unregulated, black market THC and CBD products—not regulated nicotine vapor products. In addition to making it more difficult for the more than 750,000 adult smokers in Massachusetts to quit traditional cigarettes, such a ban would have a meaningful adverse economic impact on an industry that contributes more than 2,500 jobs and more than $130 million in wages to the state of Massachusetts. We stand ready to work with Governor Baker on thoughtful and effective regulation.”

-Tony Abboud, the Executive Director of the Vapor Technology Association

However, many vaping businesses aren’t sure if this will make a major health impact.

They say people can just go over the state line into Connecticut and buy vaping products, but Connecticut is now considering its own ban on flavored vape products

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