Montana drops proposed flavored vapes ban

The state health department is abandoning a proposed rule that would have banned the sale of flavored vaping products in Montana.

The contentious rule was supported by health care advocates and others who cited studies showing that flavored vaping products enticed young adults and led to a lifetime of tobacco use. Vape shop owners opposed the rule, saying that it would harm their business.

The move came Friday, two days after a legislative interim committee issued a poll to the full Legislature asking them to weigh in on whether the proposed rule from the Department of Public Heath and Human Services followed legislative intent.