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HELENA- Governor Bullock issued an order Tuesday to temporarily stop the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Montana in the wake of an emerging health crisis.

The move comes after two confirmed cases of vaping-related pulmonary illness in Montana. One patient in Gallatin County was hospitalized in September and is now recovering at home.

The governor's office says the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is enacting administrative rules banning the sale of vape flavors while health officials investigate deaths and illnesses.

From the press release from the Office of the Governor:

Governor Steve Bullock today directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

“Young Montanans are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate, while officials investigate the possible causes of a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related injury and death, leaving us at a crossroads,” Governor Bullock said. “Today, I choose action.”

“Protecting the health, safety and well-being of all Montanans – especially our kids – is one of my top priorities as governor, and I join the other parents across this state knowing we cannot rest until we do everything we can to keep our kids safe,” continued Governor Bullock.

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