ACC Massachusetts Chapter Applauds State Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes, Tobacco Products
Malissa Wood, MD, FACC, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, made the following statement on Governor Charlie Baker signing historic legislation which prohibits the sale of all flavored tobacco products including mint and menthol flavors, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars. The legislation also raises taxes on e-cigarettes to 75% of wholesale and improves access to cessation services. Massachusetts is the first state in the country to pass such comprehensive legislation:
“For far too long, companies have targeted our youth by making it attractive to use nicotine with flavors and innovative devices. They are addicting the next generation. More than 3.6 million high-school and middle-school students used e-cigarettes last year—an increase of 1.5 million over the previous year—and public health authorities warn that these numbers likely have continued to rise. Comprehensive legislation like this one will help put a stop to this epidemic in the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Cardiology thanks the Legislature and Governor Baker for passing this law. When paired with Tobacco 21 legislation that went into effect earlier this year, it will go a long way in protecting our state from the harmful effects of vaping and slowing the spread of cardiovascular disease from the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”