The new law responds to growing concern about the health effects of vaping products, including deaths. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has said he supports the ban and will either sign the legislation into law or let it take effect automatically. They're already outlawed temporarily under Gov. Baker's vaping product ban, but once that ends on December 11, they will be banned under this bill. The ban includes mint and menthol vaping products, but excludes menthol cigarettes.
It also restricts the sale of vaping products with nicotine levels of more than 35 milligrams per milliliter to licensed, adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars.
Require the posting of signage in any location where vaping products are sold to warn customers of the dangers of severe lung disease associated with vaping products and more generally advising of the health risks of vaping. 'This is a significant public health effort'.
The move is seen as a preventive measure as a large increase of lung-related illness have started to appear since the popularity of vaping products.
Unauthorized retailers would have until then to remove these products from their shelves, said Michael Cummings, a spokesman for Democratic state Sen. Non-flavored vaping products with less than 35 milligrams per milliliter can still be sold in stores that are licensed to sell tobacco products, including convenience stores and gas stations.More news: Earl Thomas says Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl
The New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association, which had opposed the legislation, said in a statement the ban will disproportionately affect communities of colour and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
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.
"Now, I want to acknowledge that we have listened intently to adults who have told us that e-cigarettes have enabled them to quit smoking", Levine added.
The Vapor Technology Association, a vaping industry trade group that unsuccessfully challenged Baker's earlier vaping sales ban in court, signaled its opposition in a statement issued when the Massachusetts Senate passed the legislative ban. The flavor ban impacts about 80% of Marte's tobacco merchandise.
MI also enacted a temporary ban in September with the option to renew the policy after six months. Asked if he applies that same philosophy to tobacco, Baker said he believed a "comprehensive, nationwide policy on this would be much more effective than doing it one state at a time".More news: France to summon Turkish envoy after Erdogan's 'insults' - Elysee
'It's pretty clear there isn't going to be a federal policy on this anytime soon, ' Baker said.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he's "hoping and praying" that other states will follow Massachusetts' lead, and advocates praised the Bay State for its first-in-the-nation law.
Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said this week's action by MA lawmakers is urgently needed, especially at a time when the Trump Administration might be backing off from a proposal to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration in September said it would unveil a sweeping ban on most e-cigarette and vaping flavors.
Jim Knox, the managing director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in California, said that "while the California Legislature missed opportunity after opportunity this year to help bring a halt to the youth e-cigarette epidemic, more than 30 cities and counties in this state and now MA have staked a claim as leaders in the fight against the tobacco industry".More news: British police shoot dead man at London Bridge
"One of the most impactful aspects of the MA law is its inclusion of menthol tobacco products", American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in a statement.