The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) inspectors are actively working to share information about the requirements of the public health emergency declared by Govenor Charlie Baker yesterday with Boston retailers.
The Governor called for a temporary four-month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and non-flavored vaping products in both retail stores and online. The sales ban applies to all nicotine and marijuana vaping products and devices. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts through January 25, 2020.
Vaping consists of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device. E-cigarettes come in many different sizes, types and colors. Some resemble pens, small electronic devices such as USB sticks and other everyday items. The products are often compact and allow for discreet carrying and use – at home, in school hallways and bathrooms and even in classrooms.
MDPH has requested the assistance of BPHC and other local health officials in enforcing Governor Baker's declaration of a public health emergency and MDPH Commissioner's order related to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products. The order documents and additional background about the Commonwealth's order can be obtained from www.mass.gov/vapingemergency.
If vaping products are found being offered for sale during the duration of the order, BPHC will issue a Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) cease and desist letter as instructed by MDPH.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has advised those with general questions related to the enforcement of the emergency order to contact the DPH Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program at 617-624-5900.
Under Mayor Walsh's leadership, the Boston Public Health Commission and Board of Health are actively moving forward with engaging the community through a comment period regarding a regulatory proposal to reduce youth nicotine initiation over the long term. BPHC remains committed to permanently closing the menthol loophole for both tobacco and nicotine products as well as ensuring retailer accountability as important next steps to ensure that Boston's young people are protected from lifelong nicotine addiction. You can read more about the proposed changes to regulations online at www.bphc.org/regulations.
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