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Flavored vape products on display at an Oct. 30, 2019 state district court hearing in Hamilton over Montana's temporary vape ban.
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A state legislative committee this week voted to formally object to a Montana health department proposal permanently banning the sale of almost all flavored e-cigarette products.

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The state health department wants to resurrect a ban on flavored e-cigarette sales in Montana. A temporary ban enacted late last year expired several months ago, and now the agency wants to permanently ban the sale of almost all flavored e-cigarette products.

Some Montana vape retailers are vowing to push back hard on the idea, leading to what may be the next legal battleground between those retailers and the administration of Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Montana’s temporary ban on flavored e-cigarette products officially ended Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean it’s back to business as usual for vape retailers.

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Montana’s Attorney General Office is joining a multi-state investigation into the vaping product manufacturer JUUL Labs.

Attorney General Tim Fox said in a press release that e-cigarette use among young people in the state has reached epidemic levels.

A sign on at a Montana vape shop tells customers that the sale of flavored vape products has been temporarily banned by the governor.
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Some Montana vape and e-cigarette retailers are once again squaring off with the Bullock administration over the state’s temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

This time they disagree on when it ends.

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One Montana vape store chain says it will continue providing its customers with the flavors they want despite the state’s temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

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At least one Montana vape store is quickly pivoting to stay open under the state’s new temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

Montana’s Freedom Vapes stores are now offering customers do-it-yourself vaping kits in a potential workaround for the state’s new ban. This option comes 24 hours after the start of a four month statewide ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

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A statewide temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products is now in place after a last-minute legal move from store owners failed to block it. The ban runs until April 16.

The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services says e-cigarette products should "never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products."
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Vape store owners are asking a Montana judge for an emergency motion to stop the Bullock administration from moving forward with a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.

The health department says it'll start enforcing that ban Wednesday.

Flavored vape products on display at an Oct. 30, 2019 state district court hearing in Hamilton over Montana's temporary vape ban.
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Montana’s health department says it will begin enforcing its emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products beginning Dec. 18. The agency today said a temporary restraining order preventing the ban from taking effect expired October 28.

Six weeks ago Ravalli County District Judge Jennifer Lint heard arguments on a motion by industry groups seeking a preliminary injunction against the ban. Lint has not yet issued a ruling.

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