Judge blocks Bullock’s vape ban

A Ravalli County District Court judge signed a temporary restraining order Friday that will stop the implementation of a statewide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Three vape store owners and a trade association filed suit on Thursday in Ravalli County District Court.

Directed by Gov. Steve Bullock, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services had planned to implement emergency administrative rules that would have prohibited the sale of flavored vaping products for 120 days. The ban would have allowed stores to sell unflavored vaping products.