Vaping product ban sends Cape Cod retailers scrambling

HYANNIS — Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency Tuesday, temporarily banning the sale of all vape products in Massachusetts effective immediately through Jan. 25.

On Cape Cod, Baker’s decision was praised by public health officials and community leaders, but the news rattled retailers of the products, some saying their businesses may not survive the ban.

Driven by an outbreak of severe lung disease cases associated with e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in the U.S., the ban applies to all flavored and nonflavored vaping products and devices sold in stores and online. There have been 530 confirmed cases in 38 states, with 61 in Massachusetts, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Public Health.

Read the full article by Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times here.

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