Massachusetts banning sale of all vaping products

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a public health emergency and announced a temporary ban on the sale of all vaping products.

Baker held a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, and Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel "related to the public health issues of vaping in the Commonwealth."

Baker announced the four-month ban of all vaping products in the state, effective immediately. The ban prohibits the sale of all flavored and nonflavored products, including mint and menthol.

The Associated Press reported that the order may be the first of its kind in the country. Last week, New York banned most flavored cigarettes, but not menthol ones.

Boston cracked down on vaping Wednesday, with changes to existing regulations on tobacco and nicotine products.