Things have been moving quickly the last few weeks with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services and their proposed rule to end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. We wish we had better news to share but on Friday August 14, the Department pulled back their proposed rule.
This did not happen because they thought the proposed rule wasn’t needed. They still stand behind the need for it given that 30% of Montana high schoolers admit to using these flavored products. However, a move by a handful of legislators to “poll” all 150 lawmakers concerning the issue made the Department feel they had no choice but to stop moving forward with the rule.
hero_image_alt_text===A table with a variety of e-cigarettes laid out to look at.
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While we are disappointed, we want you to know your advocacy efforts have been noticed. Over 200 people submitted testimony in support of ending the sale of these addictive flavors and we are not giving up.
We will continue to work on this issue in the upcoming legislative session, as well as in local communities across Montana, and your help will be needed. If you have any questions about what happened or would like to learn how to be more involved, please email me at [email protected] and we can set up a time to chat.