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Comptroller Announces First-in-the-Nation Prohibition on Sales of Disposable Flavored E-Cigarettes

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his Field Enforcement Division (FED) is taking a first-in-the-nation approach to prohibiting the sale of certain Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) marketed towards kids. “Today, in addition to the FDA’s prohibition of flavored e-cigarette cartridges, I have directed our enforcement agents to take more aggressive action by prohibiting the sale of disposable ESDs with flavors other than tobacco or menthol,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As the state’s tobacco regulator, it’s my legal and moral responsibility to protect consumers, especially children, from the hazardous substances contained in these unauthorized products.” Last October, the Comptroller created the e-facts Task Force on Electronic Smoking Devices to learn more about the industry and to consider what regulatory and legislative action should be taken. The task force has met three times and will be holding its final session on February 17 to weigh recommendations. “In recent months, we’ve heard troubling reports of health-related issues, including deaths, that have been directly attributable to the use of ESDs,” Franchot said. “At the same time, the use of ESDs among teens has skyrocketed. I will not stand idly by letting kids get addicted to nicotine and hurt by these unregulated products that are […]

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