Montana is placing a temporary ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and vaping products. The ban is an effort to reduce underage use while officials investigate the cause of the vaping-related deaths and pulmonary illnesses being reported nationwide.
The ban will be in place from Oct. 22 through Feb. 19.
At least 18 people have died and more than 1,000 people have been sickened due to vaping-related illnesses. Two illnesses have been confirmed in Montana, one in Gallatin County and another in Yellowstone County.
Montana’s ban is focused on curtailing use by teens.
Nearly 43,000 Montanans between the ages of 12 and 18 have tried vaping products and about 22,000 use them, Gov. Steve Bullock said. Almost all of the kids who have tried e-cigarettes started with a flavored e-cigarette and 70% of those who use e-cigarettes say they do so because they like the flavor, according to the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study.