MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
- Monday, September 21, 2015
MA AG RELEASES E-CIGARETTE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH
New regulations prohibiting the sale of electronic smoking devices to minors and placing other restrictions on promotions and sales will go into effect later this month after Attorney General Maura Healey recently filed the finalized rules. The sale of electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices will be prohibited to anyone under the age of 18, and all sales will be required to occur in a face-to-face exchange, except in cases where vending machines are located in an establishment open only to people over 18. Samples, promotional giveaways and other free distributions will be prohibited under the new rules, and all retailers will be required to keep e-cigarettes out of the reach of consumers. While most of the new regulations will take effect on Sept. 25, a packaging requirement mandating that all nicotine liquids and gels be sold in child-resistant packaging will take effect next year on March 15. The packaging restrictions are intended to keep children from ingesting the liquids or gels, which can carry high concentrations of nicotine. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
MFA TESTIFIES AT PROPOSED PITTSFIELD POLYSTYRENE BAN
On Monday evening, September 14, MFA testified at an Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee hearing in the city of Pittsfield against a proposed ban on Styrofoam. The Subcommittee is made up of five City Councilors. MFA testified that the proposed ban, which is intended to target Styrofoam, or blown polystyrene, could be interpreted to ban more than just the typical white foam containers used to transport take-out food and would prohibit packaging presently used for bakery items, cut produce and deli platters, far more encompassing than the stated purpose of the ordinance. The Subcommittee voted 3-2 to table the issue, giving Subcommittee members more time to digest the testimony presented to them by MFA and others. They are scheduled to take the proposal up at their next meeting set for October 5. We will keep you informed.
MA LEGISLATURE’S COMMITTEE HEARINGS UNDERWAY
Although off to a slow start and recently back from their summer break, the MA Legislature’s Joint Committees have been holding hearings on a number of proposals important to our industry. The Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing on September 17 on the following relevant bills:
We will be monitoring these bills for movement. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
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