Massachusetts has been on the forefront of vaping regulation ever since their Republican Governor, Charlie Baker, determined he would ban flavored e-cigarette liquid in an attempt to curb the youth vaping epidemic. Despite the fact a federal judge initially shutdown the original order by the Governor, the state’s legislative branch has continued their pursuit of prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes, and making sure they do not end up in the hands of the youth. The new plan by the Massachusetts House Of Representatives provides a full flavored tobacco ban, including combustible and non-combustible menthol cigarettes, which makes up 30% of the cigarette market.
The Massachusetts House Of Representatives have also concluded that they would curb the use of underage vaping by implementing a 75% excise tax on e-cigarettes, meaning, a statewide tax will be included in the price of e-cigarette products, similar to gasoline.
Also, the bill could include a clause that would make any vehicle with an untaxed e-liquid inside to be open to a search and seizure.
It is all but certain the American Vaping Association and other vape advocate groups will be fighting against this initiative .