Vaping ban lifted, new restrictions introduced

EGREMONT — New restrictions on the sale of flavored vaping products have ousted them out of several stores across the commonwealth. And starting next summer, consumers won’t be able to buy any flavored tobacco products — including menthol cigarettes — just anywhere in the Berkshires.

The state’s Public Health Council approved new regulations that places tight restrictions on the sale of flavored vaping and tobacco products on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Gov. Charlie Baker issued an announcement on the new statewide tobacco regulations and lifted the temporary four-month ban on all vaping products in the state, which began Wednesday, Sept. 25

Egremont Board of Health discussed the new legislation at their Thursday, Dec. 19 meeting, and what it means for the retail stores who carry vaping and flavored tobacco products.

Juliette Haas, director for the Board of Health and sustainability coordinator for the Town of Egremont, said that she has alerted local businesses in town which are allowed to sell vaping products and a variety of tobacco products

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