Governor Charlie Baker Orders 4-Month Ban on Vaping Products in Massachusetts

September 24, 2019

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that there will be a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products in the state. Officials have already called vaping a national public health emergency that has already been linked to the deaths of nine people in the U.S.

Among the products banned includes e-cigarettes and supplies, both of which are also used for tobacco and marijuana.

This follows moves made by New York and Michigan, which recently banned the sale of flavored vaping products out of concern for their appeal to children.

In a statement posted to his social media, Governor Charlie Bajer wrote, "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."

Governor Baker hopes that the four-month period will allow medical experts the time they need to determine how vaping is connected to the illnesses experienced by users, as well as how the state will determine what kinds of new regulations could lead to safer vaping products.