Massachusetts Senate strips provision from flavored tobacco ban bill that would let police seize car of anyone with untaxed e-cigarettes

The Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday stripped from a bill banning flavored tobacco and taxing e-cigarettes a provision that would have allowed the police to seize the car of anyone driving with untaxed vaping products in the car.

Massachusetts law already lets law enforcement seize the vehicle of anyone who has in it untaxed cigarettes and tobacco products. A provision in the House version of the bill would have extended that to anyone with untaxed vaping products, letting the police seize not only the illegal product but also any “motor vehicle, boat or airplane” that it is being transported in. Any seized item could be turned over to the state.