AG Healey Suing Online E-Cig Retailers

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office is suing eight online e-cigarette retailers, claiming they violated state law by selling flavored tobacco products to customers in the Commonwealth.

Healey said the companies are in "flagrant violation" of the new laws, which were passed last month. Massachusetts became the first state to ban the sale of flavored tobacco on November 27.

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The companies also allegedly failed to follow Massachusetts law by not ensuring that a person who is at least 21 sign for the tobacco products upon delivery.

"Our state has been a leader in fighting this public health crisis, and we will continue to go after companies that ignore our laws and put young people at risk," Healey said in a release.

Healey's office has also sought an injunction to keep the companies from selling the products while the lawsuit is ongoing.

All eight companies are based outside of Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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