A proposal to ban flavored tobacco got the overwhelming support of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday, passing by a 127-31 vote and moving on to the Senate.
Of note about the ban is that it includes both mint and menthol. In addition, the bill would place a new 75 percent tax on the sale of e-cigarettes. If passed, retailers who violate the ban would face a punishment including losing their state lottery retailer license.
The Senate has not yet placed it on the calendar, which has an Nov. 20 end date for the formal session. If passed, the ban would go into effect June 1, 2020.