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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Health Alert: Notice of Four Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

Temporary Four‐Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

On September 24, 2019, Governor Charles D. Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products, and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.

With the goal of protecting the health of Massachusetts residents, and in accordance with Governor Baker’s public health emergency declaration, Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, issued an order temporarily banning the sale of all e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The sale or display of all vaping products to consumers in retail establishments, online, and through any other means, including all non-flavored and flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and any other cannabinoid, is prohibited in the Commonwealth. 

DPH notified tobacco and vaping retailers that they must not sell vaping products and must remove these products from their shelves.

MDPH has established a tobacco complaint line – 1-800-992-1895 to assist in the monitoring and enforcement of this order.  

DPH recognizes the importance of cessation, and is making cessation resources as readily available as possible on makesmokinghistory.org and by increasing support on their quit line: 1-800-QUITNOW. 

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a free and confidential service for Massachusetts residents who want help to end their nicotine use. If you are looking to quit tobacco including e-cigarettes, you can get help from a quit coach over the phone, use online tools and resources or a combination of these online features and telephone coaching. Support includes counseling and 4 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy such as the nicotine patch, gum or lozenge. Go to www.makesmokinghistory.org for more tools and information or call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Massachusetts also partners with national resources for teens who are interested in quitting smoking or vaping:

  • My Life, My QuitTM is a specially designed program to help young people quit vaping or other tobacco products. My Life, My QuitTM  provides five free and confidential coaching sessions by phone, live texting, or chat with a youth coach specialist. Text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 or call toll-free 1-855-891-9989 for real-time coaching. Youth can also visit mylifemyquit.com to sign up online, chat with a live coach, get information about vaping and tobacco, and activities to help them quit.
  • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a texting program for young people who want to quit vaping. It is a free, confidential 60-day program during which participants receive texts with information, tips, and support. They receive daily text messages to help them prepare to quit and supportive texts from young people who have been through the program and know what it’s like to quit. They can also text “CRAVE,” “SLIP,” “STRESS,” or “MORE” at any time for instant support, or “MASSINFO” for information specific to Massachusetts. Young people can sign up even if you they aren’t ready to quit – the texts they receive will give them strategies and practice quits to help build confidence and help them feel ready to quit. To enroll in the program, youth text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709. Youth can also connect with their school nurse, counselor, or coach to help get them started.

Additionally, DPH issued an order expanding access to federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products including gum, lozenges and patches, through a statewide Standing Order that facilitates insurance coverage for these products. Parents of youth under age 18 can speak with their child’s healthcare provider about a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy.

For more information go to www.mass.gov/vapingemergency .


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