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Massachusetts’ Flavored Tobacco Ban Set To Take Effect

The law is set to take effect June 1st

Restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including mint and menthol cigarettes, are set to take effect next week and Gov. Charlie Baker said he sees no reason the ongoing coronavirus pandemic should delay that.

The law restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, including mint and menthol cigarettes, to smoking bars for on-premise consumption is set to take effect June 1, but the New England Convenience Stores & Energy Marketers Association has been pressing Gov. Charlie Baker to use his executive authority to delay the ban for one year.

“I think it should go into effect,” Baker said Tuesday when asked if the change should be delayed. “It was a public health issue at the time and it was particularly important to a number of folks in the public health community and to the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and the leadership, and we supported it and we signed it and we want to see it go into effect.”

NECSEMA said its member businesses “fully expect Massachusetts menthol, mint and wintergreen customers to travel to bordering states, especially [New Hampshire], to purchase these products” if the restrictions take effect June 1, and argued that such travel would limit the effectiveness of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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