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Posted on: September 26, 2019

Gov. Baker order temporarily prohibits sale, display of all vaping products in state

A young woman holds a vape pen to her mouth

On Sept. 24, Governor Charles D. Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, and the epidemic of e-cigarette uses among youth. As of Sept. 19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had confirmed 530 cases across 39 states and U.S. territories, including 7 fatalities.

Pursuant to the Governor’s Declaration and with the approval of the Governor and the Public Health Council, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, issued an order to temporarily prohibit the sale and public display of all vaping products in retail establishments, online, and by any other means in Massachusetts. This rule may be enforced by state and local officials and failure to comply may result in fines, seizure of vape products or other penalties.

What products are prohibited from sale and display?

  • All non-flavored and flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol: and products used to vape tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and any other cannabinoid
  • Vape products are any product intended for human consumption by inhalation, regardless of nicotine content, whether for one-time use or reusable, that relies on vaporization or aerosolization, including but not limited to e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, hookah pens, and other similar devices that reply on vaporization or aerosolization. This includes any component, part, or accessory of these product or devices defined, even if sold separately

When will retailers be able to sell vape products again?

  • The Commissioner’s Order is effective immediately. The orders last for four months and may be extended

We recognize the importance of cessation, and cessation resources are available on the state’s quit line:  1-800-QUITNOW

Visit the DPH website www.mass.gov/vapingemergency for updated information

To report a suspected pulmonary disorder related to vaping, go to https://www.mass.gov/news/clinical-advisory-on-vaping-associated-lung-injury-reporting

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