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No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on vape, tobacco flavors

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on vape, tobacco flavors”

It was announced on the same day that Baker signed into law legislation that makes The Bay State the first in the country to prohibit flavored tobacco and vapes, including menthol cigarettes.

Baker said Wednesday he'll lift that ban a few weeks early on December 11, when state health officials are expected to roll out additional regulations.

The unusual legislation particularly restricts sale of the products to licensed smoking bars such as cigar bars and hookah lounges, where they'll finest be allowed to be consumed on-blueprint.

Massachusetts' ban immediately went into effect on Wednesday, making it the first statewide, permanent ban in the nation.

CDC has called vitamin E acetate a "chemical of concern" and recommended that the substance not be added to e-cigarettes, or vaping products, while the investigation is ongoing.

"More than 80 per cent of teens who have ever used a tobacco product started with a flavoured product, and the tobacco industry knows this", the organization said in an emailed statement.

President Trump hosted a White House roundtable with public-health advocates and vaping and tobacco industry executives; insight from Joe Grogan, assistant to the president for domestic policy.

MA on Wednesday become the first state in the United States to ban flavoured tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill to that effect.

Pitched as a way to help protect children from the dangers of nicotine addiction but criticized by adult e-cigarette users, retailers and lawmakers from border communities, the legislation also imposes a 75% excise tax on vaping products.

Baker said the law's economic impact "will remain to be seen".

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"California is once again leaving kids vulnerable to the lure of flavored tobacco products while MA becomes the leader in addressing the current youth e-cigarette epidemic, now one of the nation's biggest public health threats", according to the statement.

Boston health officials earlier this week prohibited the sale of menthols in convenience stores, and dozens of other communities in MA and California have taken steps to restrict menthols and other flavored cigarettes.

"Will the City of Los Angeles do the right thing for our kids or will they give an early Christmas present to Big Tobacco?" he asked.

Previously passed by the state legislature, the bill was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

But in recent weeks, his administration canceled a planned announcement of a ban, and rumors swirled that it was because advisers had told him he would lose voters in states he needed to win re-election in 2020 if a ban was enacted. "Tens of millions of dollars of flavored products will be sold every year in the state, but the sales will take place on the gray and black markets". "It's pretty clear there isn't going to be a federal policy on this anytime soon".

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

The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Cardiology said the new law, coupled with a 2018 law raising the state's tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21, "will go a long way in protecting our state from the harmful effects of vaping and slowing the spread of cardiovascular disease from the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products".

Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocacy groups welcomed the MA law. "We had made great strides in MA at decreasing the number of youth smokers, but with the introduction of e-cigarettes and the variety of flavors available, we lost decades of progress".

"For decades, tobacco companies have targeted African American, LGBTQ and other populations with menthol products, which have been shown to encourage tobacco use, increase progression to regular smoking and enhance the addictiveness and dependence of tobacco".



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