Attorney General Maura Healey.

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Attorney General Maura Healey Talks E-Cigarettes, Gay Marriage, And Finally Unpacking Her Office

March 18, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey joined Boston Public Radio for her inaugural edition of "Ask the AG," where she tackled the issues of new regulations for e-cigarettes, gay marriage going before the Supreme Court in June, and questions from listeners. 

Highlights included:

On new e-cigarette regulations:

Healey announced Tuesday a slate of new regulations for e-cigarettes, including forbidding their sale to minors and prohibiting free samples. 

"Here in this state we've had Attorney General regulations on cigarettes for a long time," she said. "What I sought to do yesterday was update those to now include e-cigarettes."

"In the same way kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes, I don't think they should be allowed to buy cigarettes," she continued. 

Though there are currently no statewide restrictions on e-cigarettes, 152 communities around the state have enacted their own regulations.

On the issue of gay marriage coming before the Supreme Court:

In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of states banning gay marriage. Healey and Governor Charlie Baker have filed briefs in support of striking down those bans.

On the prospects of a decision in support of legalization, Healey was optimistic.

"I am increasingly of the view that they're going to do the right thing come June," she said. 

"It's an issue for people in Massachusetts," she continued. "That's what people don't always realize. But if you travel outside the state, you may not be able to visit your spouse in the hospital if there's an injury...It has implications," she said.

How's her new office looking?

"I have to tell you candidly, I haven't even unpacked my boxes. It's been sixty days. If you saw my office, it's in shambles," she said.


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