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Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

SeattlePI.com Thursday, 21 November 2019 ()
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

The bill would also place a 75% excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers, including the state’s Medicaid program, to cover tobacco cessation counseling.

“This nation-leading step will save lives,” Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said.

The ban was passed by the Senate early Thursday before the legislature broke for a holiday recess. It had earlier been passed by the state House of Representatives and now goes to the desk of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker hasn’t indicated whether or when he will sign the ban, but its chances are good. In September, he had declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on the sale of vaping products.

The legislation responds to growing concern about the health effects of vaping products, including deaths.

It is the first such statewide legislation in the country, according to Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

“This legislation is a critical step to help end the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic and stop tobacco companies from using appealing flavors to lure kids into a lifetime of addiction,” he said in a written statement. “It would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products.”

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network also called it first-in-the-nation legislation.

“More than 80% of teens who have ever used a tobacco product started with a flavored product, and the tobacco industry knows this,” the organization said in an emailed statement.

A major retailers’ organization called the legislation disappointing.

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News video: Store Owners, Smokers Say Proposed Flavored Tobacco Ban Goes Too Far

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The bill passed by the Massachusetts State Legislature would ban all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. WBZ-TV's Jim Smith reports.

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