Final month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, urged the general public well being council to set in place a 4 month statewide ban on the gross sales of all vaping units. “I’m formally declaring a public well being emergency within the Commonwealth as a result of extreme lung illness related to the usage of e-cigarettes and marijuana-infused vaping merchandise,” he mentioned throughout a press convention.

In response to this, final week the VTA filed a lawsuit within the U.S. District Court docket in Boston towards Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Public Well being Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, for damages being brought on by the four-month ban on vape merchandise and units, together with marijuana and nicotine.

The lawsuit asks the courtroom to declare the ban unconstitutional

The statewide ban will decimate the state’s vaping trade inflicting “irreparable hurt” to many effectively which means and law-abiding retailers, producers, and distributors.

The VTA, which within the lawsuit joined 4 vaping retailer homeowners, is requesting that the courtroom “enjoin and declare as unconstitutional the emergency order issued by Commissioner Bharel that has shuttered and can irreparably destroy Massachusetts’ $331 million nicotine-vapor merchandise trade and the livelihoods of the two,500 employees that it employs.”

The lawsuit factors out that except halted, the statewide ban will decimate the state’s vaping trade inflicting “irreparable hurt” to many effectively which means and law-abiding retailers, producers, and distributors.

The ban doesn’t differentiate between regulated and illicit merchandise

The VTA provides that the ban “makes no distinction between the black-market vaping merchandise on the middle of (the) outbreak and the FDA-regulated merchandise produced by reliable producers. And, whereas purporting to focus on the issue of youth vaping, the emergency order incorporates no provisions expressly directed at kids. As a substitute, the emergency order implements a categorical ban on the sale or show of vaping merchandise to all individuals, threatening to destroy a complete trade and the livelihoods of Massachusetts residents.”

Moreover, consistent with analysis findings and arguments by public well being consultants, the VTA factors out that the ban could possibly be counterproductive to public well being as people who smoke who had turned to the units with the intention to give up, won’t have entry to the safer alternate options and will likely be extra more likely to resort again to smoking.

Learn Additional: Fox Enterprise

(function(d, s, id){ var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));