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A proposed ban on flavored nicotine products is being considered in Massachusetts.

The more we educate the public about Monsanto's weedkiller, Roundup, the more support we find for banning the product—the residue of which can be found practically everywhere, from breakfast cereal to ice cream.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

State lawmakers consider restricting sales of flavored tobacco products

Lawmakers held a hearing today on legislation (S.1279/H.1902) that would prohibit the sale of any flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in Massachusetts anywhere except for age-restricted amoking bars. The bill, An Act Regulating Flavored Tobacco Products, was filed by Representative Danielle Gregoire and Senator John Keenan and includes a bipartisan group of 69 co-sponsoring lawmakers. Consumer and public health advocates urged legislators to support the bill, citing the rampant rise of e-cigarette use among young people, and the role flavors play in hooking kids on the products. 

"Don't wait for Pig Zero," declared the poster, featuring a pig peeking through a giant blue zero, that appeared at last year's swine industry trade show.

MA Senate moves to Get the Lead Out

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

The Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment to the state budget that would allow up to $5 million to be spent on lead remediation in schools.  

End the Nicotine Trap

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared e-cigarette use, commonly known as vaping, among young people an epidemic due to its popularity and health risks. One in 5 high schoolers reported vaping in 2018, a nearly 80 percent increase in one year. An entire generation is at risk of nicotine addiction, and millions of kids are already hooked on nicotine with serious implications for their health and future.

That’s why we’re working to end the nicotine trap now.

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