Vaping consists of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device.
On September 24, 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.
As a result, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has temporarily prohibited the sale and display of all vaping products and e-cigarettes until further notice.
The Wellesley Health Department is enforcing this ban at the local level with letters and visits to retailers to ensure their compliance.
Detailed information about the ban and a list of frequently asked questions are available on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.