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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Andy Ramkumar, who works at Gotham Vape in Queens, vapes at the store while watching a hearing on the vaping debate on September 17, 2019 in New York City. Gotham Vape features a lounge area to vape as long as selling hundreds of different vaping products. Vaping, which many Americans have taken up as an alternative to smoking, has come under increased federal scrutiny following a rash of deaths related to vaping cannabis. Lawmakers in New York are currently considering a ban on flavored vaping products which make up a significant part of the vape industry. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The increase of vaping-related deaths has caused the governor of Massachusetts to temporarily ban the sale of all vaping products for four months.

 

Governor Charlie Baker sent out a statement expressing that he wanted to hold off on sales until the cause of all these illnesses could be identified, People explains. “The use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products is exploding and we are seeing reports of serious lung illnesses, particularly in our young people,” Baker said.

He also adds, “The purpose of this public health emergency is to temporarily pause all sales of vaping products so that we can work with our medical experts to identify what is making people sick and how to better regulate these products to protect the health of our residents.”

The ban will be in effect until January 25, 2020. It will include flavored, unflavored, tobacco, and marijuana vaping products.

Other states, including New York and Michigan, have banned e-cigarettes, but Massachusetts is the most restrictive.