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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2020
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391


DPHHS Issues Statement Regarding Flavored Electronic Smoking Device Proposed Rule

Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Sheila Hogan sent this notification to the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee today regarding MAR Notice No. 37-923:

I’m writing to notify you that the department is withdrawing MAR Notice No. 37-923 from consideration and will not be adopting the proposed rules. After this week's interim committee meeting it is apparent that more education and collaboration is necessary to protect Montana kids from the epidemic of e-cigarette use through this proposed rule, in spite of the latest study which came out this week showing that teens and young adults who vape are five times more likely to become infected with coronavirus than those who don’t. DPHHS will continue to work with partners, including the legislature, to protect the health of Montana’s greatest asset—its kids.

Statement from DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan:

The anticipated polling of the legislature revealed that additional education and collaboration is necessary to protect Montana’s next generation, in spite of the latest studywhich came out this week showing that teens and young adults who vape are five times more likely to become infected with coronavirus than those who don’t. DPHHS will continue to work with partners, including the legislature, to protect the health of Montana’s greatest asset – its kids.”    

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