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Montana Health Department Withdraws Proposed Ban On Flavored Vape Products

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

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.
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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.