Mas­sachusetts tem­po­rar­ily bans sale of va­p­ing prod­ucts

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BOS­TON — The gov­er­nor of Mas­sachusetts on Tues­day de­clared a pub­lic health emer­gency and or­dered a four-month ban on the sale of va­p­ing prod­ucts in the state.

Repub­li­can Gov. Char­lie Baker’s or­der ap­pears to be the first of its kind in the na­tion, though at least two states, Michi­gan and New York, have moved to ban va­p­ing fla­vors.

His an­nounce­ment came amid grow­ing con­cern about the health ef­fects of va­p­ing prod­ucts.

Baker said that dur­ing the ban, the ad­min­is­tra­tion will work with med­i­cal ex­perts, state and fed­eral of­fi­cials to bet­ter un­der­stand va­p­ing ill­nesses and ad­dress this pub­lic health cri­sis.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion will also work on pro­vid­ing more re­sources for a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign and smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­grams, he said.

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