The Montana Department of Health and Human Services announced on Friday that it will begin enforcing ‘emergency rules’ that will temporarily restrict the sales of flavored e-cigarettes starting on Wednesday, December 18.
Raph Graybill, Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Steve Bullock made the announcement.
“Due to the increase in illness, injury and deaths throughout Montana and the country due to flavored vaping products, in October we issued emergency rules that would temporarily restrict those products that are marketed towards young people,” said Graybill. “A judge then issued a 10 day restraining order followed by a hearing about six weeks ago. Even though the restraining order has been lifted, we respected the court order, however, there are still too many young people in Montana who are getting addicted to these products, as well as five new cases of vaping-related injuries since the ban was first announced.”
Graybill explained the court order that was issued on Friday in Helena District Court.
“We filed a notice in court today saying that we are going to go ahead and enforce that temporary flavor restriction on e-cigarettes starting next week,” he said. “As of Wednesday the 18th if you are 18 or older you can