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Montana Health Department Withdraws Proposed Ban On Flavored Vape Products

Flavored vape products on display at an Oct. 30, 2019 state district court hearing in Hamilton over Montana's temporary vape ban.
Edward O'Brien
Montana Public Radio

The state health department is withdrawing a proposal to permanently ban the sale and marketing of flavored e-cigarettes in Montana.

Earlier this week, 20 Republican lawmakers objected to the rule. That triggered a poll of the entire Legislature to gauge whether it’s consistent with legislative intent.

The health department issued a press release Friday saying, "It is apparent that more education and collaboration is necessary to protect Montana kids from the epidemic of e-cigarette use through this proposed rule."

Montana vape shop owners fought a similar temporary ban saying minors are already prohibited from buying vape products.

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at
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