Massachusetts Declares ‘State of Emergency,’ Bans E-Cigarettes
The Governor requested a four-month ban on selling vaping-related products, both in person and online.
Vaping is an epidemic, and the state of Massachusetts is doing something about it.
According to NECN, due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana-infused products, Governor Charlie Baker is declaring a public health emergency. Vaping has caused several deaths and hundreds of illnesses nationwide.
Baker said at the State House "We as a commonwealth need to pause sales in order for our medical experts to collect more information about what is driving these life-threatening vaping-related illnesses... This thing has our full attention."
According to WCVB ABC 5, Massachusetts is leading the United States in (at least temporarily) banning vaping products. In the last few months, New York and Michigan have taken similar action, but not an outright ban.
Recently, Walmart discontinued the sale of E cigarettes. They are the supposed less harmful way for people to get their nicotine fix than traditional cigarettes, but the vaping industry is under increased scrutiny.