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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Vaping Public Health Emergency

On September 24, 2019, Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in response to confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in the Commonwealth. The Governor called for a temporary four-month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and non-flavored vaping products in both retail stores and online. The sales ban applies to all vaping products and devices, including tobacco and marijuana. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts through January 25, 2020.

The official press release can be found here (https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-charlie-baker-declares-public-health-emergency-announces-temporary-four-month-ban-on)

Information about the ban can be found here (https://www.mass.gov/guides/vaping-public-health-emergency)

There are multiple resources for people who use these vape products to cope without them:

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a free and confidential service for Massachusetts residents who want help to end their nicotine use. If you are looking to quit tobacco including e-cigarettes, you can get help from a quit coach over the phone, use online tools and resources or a combination of these online features and telephone coaching. Support includes counseling and 4 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy such as the nicotine patch, gum or lozenge. Go to www.makesmokinghistory.org for more tools and information or call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). Using coaching and quit smoking medicines you are 3X more likely to quit for good.

Parents of youth under age 18 can speak with their child’s healthcare provider about a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy.

Massachusetts partners with national resources for teens who are interested in quitting smoking or vaping:

  • My Life, My QuitTM is a specially designed program to help young people quit vaping or other tobacco products. My Life, My QuitTM provides five free and confidential coaching sessions by phone, live texting, or chat with a youth coach specialist. Text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 or call toll-free 1-855-891-9989 for real-time coaching. Youth can also visit mylifemyquit.com to sign up online, chat with a live coach, get information about vaping and tobacco, and activities to help them quit.
  • This is Quitting powered by truth® is a texting program for young people who want to quit vaping. It is a free, confidential 60-day program during which participants receive texts with information, tips, and support. They receive daily text messages to help them prepare to quit and supportive texts from young people who have been through the program and know what it’s like to quit. They can also text “CRAVE,” “SLIP,” “STRESS,” or “MORE” at any time for instant support, or “MASSINFO” for information specific to Massachusetts. Young people can sign up even if you they aren’t ready to quit – the texts they receive will give them strategies and practice quits to help build confidence and help them feel ready to quit. To enroll in the program, youth text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709. Youth can also connect with their school nurse, counselor, or coach to help get them started.

More information about quitting nicotine can be found here (https://www.mass.gov/service-details/quit-nicotinetobacco-or-support-someone-in-their-quit-attempt)

The Health Department is working with local retailers to enforce this ban. If you encounter any locations within Mansfield who continue to sell vaping products, please call the Health Department at 508-261-7366 or email at Health@Mansfieldma.com.

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