Maryland Bans Disposable E-Cigarettes

Franchot, a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2022

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is opting to do what President Trump wouldn’t: ban the sale of disposable flavored e-cigarettes.

Franchot, a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2022, announced Monday that he has instructed his field enforcement division to halt the sale of disposable electronic smoking devices, as well as seize any unsold products as “contraband.”

On Dec. 31, Trump ordered the Food and Drug Administration to ban the most popular flavored e-cigarettes. But he exempted disposable devices, which are cheaper than the refillable cartridges and increasingly being used by teenagers.

“It’s just not acceptable to stand by for an hour longer,” Franchot said during an Annapolis news conference where he said that collective inaction was hooking thousands of teenagers on nicotine. “Wake up. This is happening. Right in front of our eyes.”

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