By Kate Taylor
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Massachusetts has moved a step closer to banning all flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, amid a national push to contend with the risks of vaping.
The State Senate followed the House late Wednesday in passing a sweeping ban, which, if signed into law, would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to bar all flavored vaping and tobacco products. Other states were said to be closely watching the outcome in Massachusetts.
“This is a public health issue, but it’s really about justice,”
said Jon Santiago, a Democratic lawmaker who represents parts of Roxbury and the South End, and who is also an emergency physician at Boston Medical Center, the city’s safety-net hospital.