Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society statement on banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products

Massachusetts Medical Society statement on banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products

The physicians, residents and medical students of the Massachusetts Medical Society back strongly H.1902 and S.1279 and the bills’ intent to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including those used with e-cigarettes and vaping.

Compelled by the alarming increase in vaping and e-cigarette use among our young patients – a 2018 survey of high school students revealed a 78 percent increase in use in just one year – the medical society in May adopted organizational policy declaring we will work with Massachusetts lawmakers and officials to develop strategies to prevent marketing, sales, and use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products among children.

Whether or not the industry is willing to admit that our patients under 21 are an intended target, the dramatic increase in the use of flavored tobacco products affirms that efforts to market harmful, addictive products to children have been tragically successful. 

As physicians, we have a moral obligation to dissuade our patients from engaging in activities we know can cause health risks and premature death. Our support for these bills is simply about improving the health of and saving the lives of our young patients and disrupting a major means by which children access and become addicted to products that can cause irreversible harm.

Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh
President, 
Massachusetts Medical Society

 

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