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News from DPHHS

MONTANA – Last fall, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services announced an emergency rule temporarily restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in Montana. 

On Dec. 13, 2019, the department announced that the 120-day restriction would enter into effect on Dec. 18, 2019. The rules entered into effect on that date, after a Montana district court judge lifted an injunction on their enforcement.

The department reminds the public that the rules are currently in effect and will be for a 120-day period that began on Dec. 18, 2019. The temporary rules expire on April 15, 2020.

The temporary restrictions include the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including flavored nicotine, THC, and CBD e-cigarette products, in-store and online. The rules do not require retailers to destroy their existing inventory.  

Information about the restrictions has been made available on the DPHHS website. The website provides guidance on how the emergency rules are being enforced, including through citizen complaints and inspections of retailers by local health officials. The information includes a Frequently Asked Questions for retailers.

DPHHS also developed an online system to accept citizen complaints at To date, DPHHS has received 32 complaints. 


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