The Massachusetts Senate passed a ban on all flavored vaping products (except tobacco) last night, making the state the first in the country to do so. The bill also imposes a tax on vapor products, and a limit on nicotine content. If signed into law, it will take effect next June.
The vote was 32-6. The bill has been sent to the governor for approval (see call to action below).
“Our hope is that this bill will be a model for the rest of the country,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Keenan. Certainly, tobacco control activists around the country will see the new law as a template for other states, and inspiration for anti-vaping colleagues around the country.
The widely publicized asset forfeiture component of the bill—which we reported on Monday—was removed by amendment, but that’s the only good news. The bill still includes these provisions:
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