Vermont House Passes Ban On The Sale Of Flavored Tobacco Products And Substitutes

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for signature

The milestone follows years of failed legislative efforts to keep flavored tobacco products off of shelves and out of the hands of kids. But it’s unclear whether Gov. Phil Scott will sign the bill.

The Vermont House passed a ban on the sale of flavored nicotine products and tobacco substitutes Friday morning, a key hurdle before the legislation goes to the governor’s desk. 

The passage of S.18, after hours of floor discussion Thursday afternoon, was the culmination of years of effort by lawmakers who have sought to protect children from addictive nicotine products with appealing flavors. 

“I challenge you to visit any school in your district, and you will either hear from a teacher or a young person about the number of students using e-cigarettes,” said Rep. Jessica Brumsted, D-Shelburne, reporting the bill on the House floor. “Or you might even catch the sweet aroma of someone vaping in a hallway or bathroom. Research has shown that candy-flavored e-cigarettes are definitely hooking youth.”

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