BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts Public Health Council approved new regulations to restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products Wednesday. As a result, the Governor’s temporary ban is no longer in effect.
According to a news release sent to 22News, signed legislation has placed new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette and nicotine vaping products and flavored tobacco products. The new regulations are scheduled to be presented on Wednesday.
The new law places the following restrictions:
- The sale of non-flavored nicotine vaping products (with a nicotine content of less than 35 milligrams per milliliter) is restricted to stores licensed to sell tobacco products, such as convenience stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets.
- The sale of non-flavored nicotine vaping products (with a nicotine content over 35 milligrams per milliliter) is restricted to licensed, adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars.
- The sale and consumption of all flavored nicotine vaping products may only occur within licensed smoking bars.
“Massachusetts has taken important steps to protect its residents from the emerging public health risk posed by vaping products, and with the new law signed by Governor Baker and the introduction of today’s regulations, we continue to prioritize actions that protect the public health.”-Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
“In light of the growing health crisis associated with e-cigarettes and vaping, our administration implemented a temporary ban on the sale of e-cigarette and vaping products to provide time for legislative and regulatory bodies to better understand what’s making people sick and act to protect the health of Massachusetts residents.”Governor Charlie Baker