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Massachusetts ban on flavored tobacco goes into effect Monday

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 01, 2020 05:33 AM
Created: June 01, 2020 04:59 AM

Massachusetts will be ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products-- including menthol cigarettes-- in the commonwealth beginning Monday.    

The ban follows a bill signed last November by Governor Charlie Baker. That bill ends the sale of flavored tobacco products, taxes vape products, and increases access to tobacco cessation medicine and counseling.    

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"About 55 to 60 percent of our customers come in and get menthol products. At the end of the day for health benefits, if they think that this is the safest way to approach-then we are here to cooperate," Mahmood said. 

The ban extends to flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco.     

Flavored tobacco products will be restricted to licensed smoking bars where they may be sold only for on-site consumption.


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