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Massachusetts Ban on Vaping Products

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today declared a public health emergency in response to  confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e‐cigarettes  and marijuana vaping products in the Commonwealth. The Governor called for a temporary  four‐month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and non‐flavored vaping products in both  retail stores and online. The sales ban applies to all vaping products and devices, including  tobacco and marijuana. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts through January 25, 2020.

Governor Charlie Baker Declares Public Health Emergency (PDF)

Governor's Declaration of Emergency (PDF)

NRT Order (PDF)

DPH Notice of Order to Retailers (PDF)

Vaping Products Order (PDF)

Vaping Ban Signage (PDF)

Public Health Statement on Vaping

Dr. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, Brookline Director of Public Health and Human Services cautions the Brookline community about dangers associated with vaping.

“Due to the recent incidents involving vaping, I urge residents to be mindful of the dangers associated with these devices.  Please don’t tamper or modify these devices in any way from their intended usage.  Don’t participate in any contests using these devices. There is limited knowledge about the potential harms associated with flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids, and solvents so only purchase from approved sources.  If you experience any health problems, please consult with your primary care physician immediately”, Dr. Jett stated.

Dr. Jett also noted the CDC statement of August 23, 2019 (below) and referred residents to the MA Department of Public Health campaign, “The New Look of Nicotine Addiction,” originally announced in July, 2018 (see full press release). 

Full Press Release (pdf)

An important message from your Health Department about mosquito-borne viruses

On Thursday, September 12, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) upgraded Brookline’s risk level to moderate for West Nile Virus (WNV) due to the human case in Cambridge. Brookline Public Health reminds all residents to take appropriate precautions at this time of year.

Mosquito-borne viruses are viruses that are carried and spread by mosquitoes.  In this part of the country, public health surveillance is done for two mosquito-borne viruses that can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) - West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  The period of highest risk of getting either disease can be from late July through the fall months.

Full press release (PDF)

Press Release - August 27, 2019 (PDF)

MDPH Fact Sheet: Eastern EquineEncephalitis (PDF)

Population Health


I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

 Public Health 

  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

 “Population health is public health”

  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.

Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.

Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.