BOSTON—On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Senate is poised to debate a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products and impose a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products, reports U.S. News. The bill was recently approved by the House.
The flavor ban would also apply to menthol cigarettes, a decision that has rankled some opponents.
In addition, the proposal would require that commercial health insurers and MassHealth cover tobacco cessation counseling and all nicotine replacement therapies. Generic versions would be offered without cost-sharing to the consumer. Proponents say the bill would protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco.
In late October, more than 100 convenience store owners gathered on Boston City Hall Plaza to call for sensible tobacco regulations in Boston and across Massachusetts.