The Governor’s order to temporarily prohibit the sale and public display of all vaping products in retail establishments, online and by any other means in Massachusetts for 4 months is indeed a bold step to address the growing multistate outbreak of severe lung disease associated with vaping and the epidemic facing youth use of e-cigarettes.
Over the past several months, the Bedford Board of Health along with the Boards of Health in Concord and Carlisle have executed a Youth Vaping Prevention Program using Determination of Need funds from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center via a grant issued by CHNA 15.
The vaping prevention, education and outreach programming with the schools and in the community will continue over the long term.
On the short term, the Bedford Board of Health will work to educate our seven local tobacco and e-cigarette retailers about the Governor’s order and will ensure product removal from the sales floors at our permitted facilities.
We are also promoting the importance of tobacco and nicotine use cessation and encourage those who are considering quitting their use of tobacco and e-cigarette products to contact the Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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