ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Maryland’s comptroller announced a policy banning all flavors of disposable e-cigarettes except for menthol and tobacco, the Washington Post reports. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recently released final guidance on e-cigarettes banned most popular flavors of cartridge-based e-cigarettes, disposable flavored e-cigarettes weren’t included in the federal ban.
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), who plans a run for governor in 2022, said the Maryland’s new policy will close a loophole in the Trump Administration’s e-cigarette flavor ban, released January 7. Franchot’s office has notified the state’s roughly 8,000 licensed tobacco retailers and wholesalers that Maryland now considers the disposable products contraband, so continuing to sell them could jeopardize tobacco licenses, the Post reports. Enforcement agents will be visiting retail stores to see if retailers have removed the vaping products from their shelves, the comptroller said.
“I will not stand idly by letting kids get addicted to nicotine and hurt by these unregulated products that are marketed directly towards them,” Franchot said in a statement.
A bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly would ban any tobacco product, including vaping products, that have an odor other than tobacco, the Post said.