The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) said on Friday that it intends to begin enforcing Emergency Rules that temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana.
Enforcement of the Emergency Rules will begin on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm, according to the agency. The restrictions include the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including flavored nicotine, THC, and CBD e-cigarette products, in-store and online.
The rules do not require retailers to destroy their existing inventory.
The original order in October was set to last for 120 days; we do not yet know if the 120 days begin next week, or are retroactive to the date of the original order.
Here is a timeline of events leading up to Friday's announcement:
- AUG 30: Vaping advocate blames lung issues on THC-filled, illegal cartridges
- SEP 20: Montana reports 1st case of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping
- OCT 8: E-cigarettes will be banned temporarily in Montana
- OCT 16: Montana's first death associated with vaping
- OCT 17: MT vape shops sue to block Gov. Bullock’s ban on flavored products
- OCT 18: Judge blocks Bullock’s ban on flavored vaping products
- NOV 8: Vaping illness - Vitamin E acetate and THC may be to blame
DPHHS is proceeding with enforcement of the rules after a Temporary Restraining Order preventing enforcement expired by operation of law in October. Since the Emergency Rules were first announced, DPHHS has confirmed five additional cases of E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) in Montana.
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