By AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press

Montana's health department says it will begin enforcing its emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products beginning next Wednesday.

The agency said Friday a temporary restraining order preventing the ban from taking effect expired on Oct. 28.

A judge heard arguments on a motion by industry groups seeking a preliminary injunction against the ban six weeks ago, but the judge has not issued a ruling.

The state issued the rules to temporarily restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarette products, citing reports of lung injury and deaths by people who had used vaping products.

State officials say those concerns remain, along with concerns about minors trying flavored e-cigarettes and becoming addicted to nicotine.

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