Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency Tuesday and banned the sales of all vaping products in the state for four months.
A Public Health Issue
Baker said in his announcement, “the purpose of this public health emergency is to temporarily pause all sales of vaping products so that we can work with our medical experts to identify what is making people sick and how to better regulate these products to protect the health of our residents.”
The temporary statewide ban would be on the sale of all flavored and non-flavored vaping products and would remain in place until Jan. 25, 2020, Baker said. The ban also extends to all online sales of vaping products. This also includes online and retail sales of tobacco and marijuana used for vaping.
A Danger To Young People
Baker continued, “the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products is exploding and we are seeing reports of serious lung illnesses, particularly in our young people.”
As of Tuesday, 61 cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary disease have been reported in Massachusetts. Nationwide, the number is in the hundreds.
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