Flavored Tobacco Bans

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Two cities, New York City and Providence, RI have both banned the sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products within their city limits. And both have been challenged and upheld by the courts. Chicago’s ban on the sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products went into effect on Wednesday, after a last minute effort by gas station convenience store owners to stop the implementation failed.

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While electronic smoking devices may be getting the attention, far more young teens are using flavored little cigars which have been clearly marketed to the starter under-aged audience.  Cherry, grape, strawberry flavored little cigars are packaged in brightly colored foil resembling candy products.

Both the cities of Union City and Hayward require a minimum pack size of 5 for cigars valued at less than $5 each.   Hayward also prohibits any new sales of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products within 500 feet of schools.  Berkeley is considering creating tobacco-sales free zones around schools.