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Temporary Four‐Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products
On September 24, 2019, 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 use among youth.
With the goal of protecting the health of Massachusetts residents, and in accordance with Governor Baker’s public health emergency declaration, Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, issued an order temporarily banning the sale of all e-cigarettes and vaping products.
The sale or display of all vaping products to consumers in retail establishments, online, and through any other means, including all non-flavored and flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and any other cannabinoid, is prohibited in the Commonwealth.
DPH notified tobacco and vaping retailers that they must not sell vaping products and must remove these products from their shelves.
MDPH has established a tobacco complaint line – 1-800-992-1895 to assist in the monitoring and enforcement of this order.
DPH recognizes the importance of cessation, and is making cessation resources as readily available as possible on makesmokinghistory.org and by increasing support on their quit line: 1-800-QUITNOW.
The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a free and confidential service for Massachusetts residents who want help to end their nicotine use. If you are looking to quit tobacco including e-cigarettes, you can get help from a quit coach over the phone, use online tools and resources or a combination of these online features and telephone coaching. Support includes counseling and 4 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy such as the nicotine patch, gum or lozenge. Go to www.makesmokinghistory.org for more tools and information or call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Massachusetts also partners with national resources for teens who are interested in quitting smoking or vaping:
Additionally, DPH issued an order expanding access to federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products including gum, lozenges and patches, through a statewide Standing Order that facilitates insurance coverage for these products. Parents of youth under age 18 can speak with their child’s healthcare provider about a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy.
For more information go to www.mass.gov/vapingemergency .