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US Judge will not immediately halt Massachusetts' 'unlawful' vaping ban

19:15  21 october  2019
19:15  21 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful , but he gave the state time to fix its defects. Suffolk County Superior Court Judge

A U.S. district judge in Massachusetts is expected to deny a restraining order meant to halt a state ban on vaping products, according to USA Today. 24 that took effect immediately and if not stopped, will run through Jan. 25. The ban includes both flavored and non-flavored vaping products

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge on Monday ruled that a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products the state adopted in response to an outbreak of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use was likely unlawful, but he gave the state time to fix its defects.

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture© Reuters/Adnan Abidi FILE PHOTO: A man uses a vape device in this illustration picture

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins in Boston said he would bar the state from enforcing the ban on nicotine-vaping product sales unless Governor Charlie Baker's administration by next week put forward a new rule codifying it.

But Wilkins said because Baker's administration could easily re-enact his Sept. 24 emergency order imposing the ban through a regulation that the public could comment on, he did not believe it was appropriate to rule more broadly.

The ruling was a mixed result for Baker and the industry trade group Vapor Technology Association, which challenged the ban in court, saying it posed an "existential threat" to the state's $331 million nicotine vaping products sector.

That ban covered the sales of e-cigarettes and vaping supplies, both those used for nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which is legal in the state.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing for Chizu Nomiyama and Lisa Shumaker)

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