Massachusetts is first state to ban tobacco, vape flavors

Vaping Unveiled

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, a man smokes a cigarette on Main Street in Westminster, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign a law on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, banning sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola), File

BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts has signed into law a groundbreaking ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

The American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids say Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature makes Massachusetts the first to enact a permanent statewide ban.

Baker signed the legislation Wednesday.

In September, the governor had declared a public health emergency and ordered a temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products — flavored and unflavored.

The legislation responds to growing concern about the health effects of vaping products, including deaths.

It immediately bans the sale of flavored vaping products and will outlaw sales of menthol cigarettes starting June 1, 2020.

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