Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that imposes new state restrictions on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes and an outbreak of a vaping-linked lung illness, Reuters reports.
The new restrictions place Massachusetts "at the forefront" of the U.S. crackdown on flavored tobacco products by implementing the strictest regulations on the products in the United States thus far, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new restrictions come after Baker in September declared a public health emergency over e-cigarette use and vaping and ordered a temporary, four-month ban on the sales of all e-cigarette and vaping products in the state.
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