The Thanksgiving eve announcement was an inflection point in the national debate between consumer freedom and public health.
The new law bans the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and gives the Department of Public Health greater regulatory authority over e-cigarettes.
Those rules, Baker officials said, could include mandating signs in retailers on the dangers of vaping and provisions to preserve the department’s ability to ban products in the future.
The Cannabis Control Commission, which oversees the state’s pot industry, has quarantined marijuana oil vapes while regulators decide how to ensure safety. The agency is working to properly test the vapes for vitamin E acetate, a honey-like additive that federal officials have identified as a main culprit in the outbreak of illnesses. The commission next meets Dec. 19.