Massachusetts enacts U.S.'s toughest flavored-tobacco ban

Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has signed into law the nation's toughest prohibition on flavored tobacco, including a ban on menthol cigarettes. The new restrictions will put the state at the forefront of a national crackdown on flavored tobacco in an effort to stop young people from developing tobacco habits.

Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has signed into law the nation's toughest prohibition on flavored tobacco, including a ban on menthol cigarettes. The new restrictions will put the state at the forefront of a national crackdown on flavored tobacco in an effort to stop young people from developing tobacco habits. A ban on flavored vaping products is slated to start immediately. Menthol cigarettes will be banned starting June 1. The bill adds an excise tax for unflavored vaping products, which are still allowed under the law but face new sales restrictions based on nicotine content, and expands access to smoking-cessation help. The flavor ban does not apply to places like cigar bars where people consume tobacco on site. The Vapor Technology Association claimed the Massachusetts law will not protect youth but will make life harder for adults trying to quit smoking.