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    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. Say this for the tobacco industry. It’s ruthlessly persistent in pushing its deadly products on Californians. Two years ago, the state Legislature passed then-Sen. Jerry Hill’s SB 793, banning the sale of flavored tobacco products across the state. But after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bipartisan legislation into law, Big Tobacco, to no one’s surprise, collected enough signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot. Consequently, the law has been suspended until it goes before voters. This is California voters’ chance to send Big Tobacco a message. Vote yes on Proposition 31. Stop the sale of flavored tobacco products that the Centers for Disease Control says are even more addictive than regular tobacco products. Tobacco addiction remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the state, killing about 40,000 Californians a year. And flavored tobacco is the industry’s gateway product to hook young smokers for life. That, in itself, is reason enough to ban flavored tobacco products. But then there’s this: ” ]The CDC reports that nearly...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of flavored heated tobacco products such as vaping items as part of its plan to fight cancer. The European Commission said in a statement Wednesday that its proposal comes in response to a significant increase in the volume of such products sold across the 27-nation bloc. A recent commission study showed a 10% increase in sales of heated tobacco products in more than five member nations. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm proposed a ban on the sale of flavored heated tobacco products, such as vaping items. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Los Angeles will ban many businesses from selling tobacco products that come in sweet, spicy and minty flavors under new restrictions backed Wednesday by the City Council. The new rules were celebrated by public health advocates and community groups that argue that tobacco products with appealing flavors — including menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and liquid pods for electronic cigarettes — have been a gateway to nicotine addiction for teens. Researchers have found that the majority of youth who use tobacco started with flavored products. “It’s a simple formula: Use flavors that appeal to kids to cover up the harsh flavors of traditional tobacco, disguise the strong hits of addictive nicotine and hook a new generation of tobacco users — and then just watch the profits roll in,” said Lindsey Freitas, advocacy director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Council members voted 12 to 0 to pass the ordinance, which now goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti for his signature. “We have a duty to protect our youngest and most vulnerable residents against the lifelong, deadly impacts of tobacco in this city,”...
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, in a statement. READ MORE: Animal Control Officer Reunites Woman With Yorkie Stolen 9 Years Ago In BostonHe added that the ban would also be an “important step to advance health equity” by reducing disparities in tobacco-related diseases. In 2020, Massachusetts became the first state to ban menthols and flavored tobacco products. Convenience store owners have said the ban resulted in significant drop in cigarette sales, with customers going to neighboring New Hampshire or Rhode Island to buy them. The Food and Drug Administration said eliminating menthol cigarettes could prevent between 300,000 and 650,000 smoking deaths over 40 years. Menthol accounts for more than a third of cigarettes sold in the U.S, and the mint flavor is favored by Black smokers and young people. Menthol’s...
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to ban the use of menthol cigarettes in America, a move that had been called on by anti-tobacco groups, anti-teen smoking groups, racial justice groups in America. The move had been expected since the beginning of the Biden administration last year, when the President made it a priority to tackle upward trends in teen smoking. Menthol cigarettes - often colloquially referred to as just 'menthols' - are known for their mint-like flavor, and have been associated with the higher rates of smoking, and smoking-related illnesses, in black Americans over recent decades. Flavored cigars, like cigarillos, are set to be banned as well. Both moves come as part of a larger effort by the FDA to crack down of flavored tobacco products - blamed for an increase in teen smoking.  The FDA is moving to ban menthol cigarettes, as their minty flavor has made them popular among many black and teen communities Robert Califf, new commissioner of the FDA, previewed the announcement in congressional testimony, saying the proposal would reduce disease and death...
    (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration proposed on Thursday a new rule to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars."Through careful consideration of the scientific evidence and our authorities under the Tobacco Control Act, we've determined that these actions are appropriate for protection of the public health," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told a Senate subcommittee. "The proposed product standards would, among other things, improve the health and reduce the mortality risk of current smokers of menthol cigarettes or flavored cigars by substantially decreasing their consumption and increasing the likelihood of cessation. This is another important move forward in the agency's efforts to combat youth tobacco use and promote health equity."US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report saysMenthol is an equity issue that the FDA has been considering for more than a decade. It is the last special flavor allowed in cigarettes in the US. It was carved out of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act that banned all other flavored cigarettes and also gave the FDA the authority to regulate the tobacco industry to protect...
    (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a proposed rule this week to ban menthol from cigarettes, as well as to ban flavored cigars. It's a step that public health officials say is essential to protect public health."I'm really excited about the possibility. At our foundation, we've cared about issues of smoking and preventable deaths for so long," said Dr. Richard Besser, a former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who now serves as the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a public health advocacy organization. "To see an issue that disproportionately affects African American smokers, disproportionately affects women, LGBT people who smoke, lower-income individuals. To say that these lives count just as much as any other life and a preventable death, that gives me real, real hope." Menthol by the numbersMenthol is an equity issue that the FDA has been considering for more than a decade.Read MoreAbout 18.6 million people smoke menthols in the US. That's about 36% of all smokers, according to the FDA, and a disproportionate number are people...
    DENVER (CBS4) – After nearly becoming law in Denver, a proposed ban on flavored tobacco products is now being considered as a statewide law. Lawmakers at the state Capitol have proposed legislation that would ban all flavored tobacco and nicotine products, something they say comes as an effort to stop a “health crisis” among younger generations. (credit: CBS) “We see youth using it at a rate that is alarming,” said Representative Kyle Mullica, a democrat representing Adams County. “This has been a gateway to addiction for an entire generation of youth.” The bill (link https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb22-1064 ) specifically identifies flavored tobacco as a product which targets children with its advertising. According to co-sponsor Representative Jennifer Bacon, a democrat representing northeast Denver, studies suggest more than a quarter of all high schoolers in Colorado have consumed tobacco or nicotine from a vaping device. “When we say 25% of kids that means this is now a public health issue,” Bacon told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. Bacon said she believes the flavors in the products not only target...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock vetoed a measure by the Denver City Council that would have banned flavored tobacco products in the city. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) READ MORE: Rising Energy Costs Could Leave Some Coloradans In The Cold And Dark, But There Is Help“I’ve never been interested in symbolic legislation,” said Hancock. He says the ban was just that, “This not stop kids from walking across the street to Glendale, Aurora, Lakewood to procure the product.” It would, however, close small businesses, he says, and cost jobs and tax revenue. Philip Guerin, owner of Myxed Up Creations, among more than 100 owners of small vape shops that fought the ban, “We would experience a 30% loss in business.” The vape store owners too, are concerned about kids vaping and support licensing, marketing bans and age restrictions, but banning flavors they say will only increase cigarette use. “We can now move forward and find a real solution to stop kids from vaping,” says Guerin. Denver raised the age to buy tobacco to 21 and licensed stores that...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Friday vetoed the ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city. The ban was approved by the Denver City Council on Monday by a 8-3 vote. The order would have banned the sale of flavored vaping products, hookah, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes. The mayor believes an ordinance should be more targeted to reduce youth vaping. Here’s Hancock’s complete letter to the city council on the veto: “I share with the sponsors of this ordinance the desire and goal to reduce youth nicotine use in our city, especially youth vaping, which has become increasingly prevalent. Previously, we’ve taken steps together to reduce youth nicotine use, including raising the purchase age to 21, instituting a new tobacco retail store license and enhancing enforcement efforts. However well intentioned, this ordinance falls short. We can work on this in a more collaborative way and we can also move to enhance our existing regulatory framework, in addition to pursuing a broader strategy by acting state-wide or at least regionally. The health of our...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council will meet Monday evening for a final vote on a new initiative that would ban flavored tobacco and vape juices. If passed, it will go into effect in July 2023. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) READ MORE: CPW Begins Wildlife Surveys From Low-Altitude HelicopterA safety committee postponed the vote in October. The ban is aimed at reducing youth tobacco use. READ MORE: State Trooper Shoots At Suspect On I-25, Woman Arrested After Pointing Gun At OfficerOpponents say it unfairly targets small and family-owned convenience stores because it could cost them 20% to 25% of their income. MORE NEWS: Comfort Dental Offers Free Dental Care To Those In NeedIf passed, it would ban the sale of flavored vaping products, hookah, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes.
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council has voted to move forward on a new initiative that would ban flavored tobacco and vape juices. There is still a final vote that includes the full council. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) READ MORE: Winter Park Officially Opens For 2021/2022 SeasonA safety committee postponed the vote last month. The ban is aimed at reducing youth tobacco use. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Hospitalizations Reach Level Not Seen Since 2020If passed, it would ban the sale of flavored vaping products, hookah, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes. MORE NEWS: Amber Alert Canceled After 11-Year-Old Found Safe 
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF/BCN) — Amid rising concerns over teenage vaping, the Walnut Creek City Council has unanimously approved a ban on the sale of favored tobacco and electronic smoking devices within city limits. A staff report for Tuesday night’s meeting quoted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics saying smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. (more than 480,000 annually). It also says nearly nine out of every 10 adult smokers try smoking by the age of 18. READ MORE: COVID: Arrival Of Kids Vaccines Prompts Calls To End Mask Mandate In K-12 SchoolsThe city’s ban will be more restrictive than current federal and state laws, though it would provide an exemption for adult-only hookah tobacco businesses. The ordnance includes a five-month enforcement delay to allow retailers to comply with the new restrictions. “I’m proud that Walnut Creek continues to lead by example in areas of safety for our community, in this case banning sales of flavored vape products and e-cigarette devices,” Mayor Kevin Wilk said, after the meeting. “These are specially targeted at our...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) – The Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday will consider banning the sale of favored tobacco and electronic smoking devices within city limits. The move is aimed at young smokers, attracted to flavored products for electronic vaping. A staff report for Tuesday’s meeting quotes United States Centers for Disease Control statistics saying smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. (more than 480,000 annually). It also says nearly nine out of every 10 adult smokers try smoking by the age of 18. READ MORE: Contra Costa Health Officials Expecting Delivery Of 20,000 Doses Of Pfizer Juvenile COVID VaccineThe city’s ban would be more restrictive than current federal and state laws, though it would provide an exemption for adult-only hookah tobacco businesses. The ordnance would include a five-month enforcement delay to allow retailers to comply with the new restrictions. The city would be following Contra Costa County, who reaffirmed its 2019 ban restricting the sale of flavored vaping products and electronic devices in July. That ordnance only covers the county’s unincorporated areas. READ MORE:...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council had delayed a vote on a new initiative that would ban flavored tobacco and vape juices. The vote has been moved to next month. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images) READ MORE: It's Too Late To Mail Your Ballot, But Not Too Late To Drop It Off Before Next Week's ElectionA safety committee postponed the vote after more than an hour of discussion Wednesday morning. The ban is aimed at reducing youth tobacco use. READ MORE: Akram Bada’an Identified As Victim In 1988 Cold Case Homicide In SheridanIf passed, it would ban the sale of flavored vaping products, hookah, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes. MORE NEWS: Amber Alert Issued For 2 Douglas County Girls Believed To Be In Danger With Trisha & Towon JonesThe committee will now vote on amendments to the proposal on Nov. 17.
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver City Council is considering a ban on all flavored tobacco products, including vape juice. The proposal is part of a years-long battle from groups fighting teen vaping. (credit: EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images) They say companies are using flavored products to draw kids in. The ban would prohibit the sale of flavored vape juice in Denver, along with products that are chewed or smoked. The city council will vote on the proposal this week. Boulder has already passed a similar ordinance.
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose leaders will vote on whether to pull flavored tobacco products off shelves across the city. Councilmembers will take a vote Tuesday.With colorful packaging and the promise of flavors like mango, berry fusion, fruity Hawaii, and more, smoke shops across the city could soon have to clear out cases of their top-selling flavored tobacco products.RELATED: E-cig maker Juul to pay $40M to NC, change business practices, state attorney general says"While it's a dying industry, it's a very powerful and potent one," Mayor Sam Liccardo said. "And more than ever, they are recognizing that new, young users are the key to maintaining their profits and power."City councilmembers met Monday, ahead of Tuesday's vote. As an added visual, the city stood next to John Oliver's "Jeff the Diseased Lung" during an afternoon press conference.The city is looking to ban the sale of such products, including flavored e-juices and menthol cigarettes.If passed, the law would also keep new tobacco retailers from setting up shop within 1,000-feet of schools and within 500-feet of an existing tobacco retailer.Councilmember Pam...
    DENVER (CBS4)– There are 100 state and local organizations supporting the movement to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in Denver. (CNN) The endorsement milestone includes groups like the Denver African American Commission, Volorado Nursing Association, Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center, and the Latina Initiative. These groups want the Denver City Council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the City and County of Denver. The hope is that by removing these products, it would prevent them from being consumed by teenagers. The Healthy Kids Colorado survey shows that about one in five students in high school in Denver use e-cigarettes.
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The City of Long Beach says they will soon begin enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products, a move that the Los Angeles City Council is also considering. The FDA announced plans in April to ban menthol cigarettes, and cigars in other flavors. But as e-cigarettes have risen in popularity, public health officials feared that sweet-tasting flavors are particularly appealing to young people. Long Beach city officials cited the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found 81% of youth who have ever used tobacco products started with a flavored product. READ MORE: Six Flags To Give Away 50K Free Tickets To Those Who Get COVID Vaccine “The city is committed to protecting young people and promoting public health,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “These tobacco products have been directly linked to serious health concerns by doctors and health experts.” READ MORE: Man Killed, 8-Year-Old Girl Wounded In South LA Shooting Long Beach’s ordinance prohibiting the sale and distribution of curtained flavored tobacco products went into effect on May 16. Enforcement of...
    A ban on flavored tobacco products in San Francisco intended to reduce youth smoking may have had the opposite effect, a new study suggests.  The 2018 ban was mainly targeted towards the sale of flavored vapes and electronic cigarettes that are popular with underage smokers.  That same year, the California city saw a 30 percent increase in underage use of cigarettes, while other cities across the country continue to see declines.  Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) believe the ban caused high schoolers who would have used the flavored nicotine to instead reach for cigarettes.   Youth smoking has declined across the country for years. San Francisco instituted a ban on the sale of flavored nicotine products in 2018, and in doing so may have caused more youths to start smoking more dangerous cigarettes The increased popularity of flavored nicotine products like vapes and e-cigarettes have led to many more youth using nicotine than before. The team, says its study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, is the first to see how flavor bans affect the smoking habits...
    Maine could become the latest state to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and dips. A proposal being considered by the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, would prohibit Maine retailers from "selling, distributing, or offering to sell and distribute" flavored tobacco products – including mint and menthol – as well as flavored e-cigarettes. Violators could face fines ranging from $1,000 to 5,000 for multiple violations. Public health advocates are pushing for the restrictions amid concerns that a new generation of teenagers is getting hooked on tobacco products and e-cigarettes with flavors such as bubble gum, grape and mango. "Flavors are a marketing weapon used by tobacco manufacturers to target youth and young people to a lifetime of addiction," Hilary Schneider, regional director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said in recent testimony on the bill. "Altering tobacco product ingredients and design, like adding flavors, can improve the ease of use of a product by masking harsh effects, facilitating nicotine uptake, and increasing a product’s overall...
    Barack Obama tried and failed. So did Donald Trump’s administration early on. Now Joe Biden is taking on Big Tobacco with his proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. It’s a worthy endeavor, but don’t expect a victory anytime soon. R.J. Reynolds calls Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “special friend.”  Even if the Biden administration effort is ultimately successful in Congress, it would litigated in the courts for years. This, despite science showing a ban on menthol cigarettes would be one of the best things that could happen to improve Americans’ health. That’s goes double for Blacks and teens. The tobacco industry has for decades used targeted advertising of menthol cigarettes to attract Black and teen smokers with devastating results. Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner, said that research estimates banning menthol would prevent 630,000 tobacco-related deaths over 40 years, with Blacks accounting for more than a third of those fatalities. Smoking remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death among Blacks, claiming about 45,000 lives every year. White and Black Americans have roughly the same percentage of...
    The Biden Administration is on the verge of calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes.This is according to the Washington Post.The move is one tobacco opponents and civil rights groups say is urgently needed.They say the tobacco industry aggressively markets to African Americans, who are disproportionately harmed by the cigarettes.Menthol cigarettes are considered to be more addictive.It could be years before such a ban would take effect, but the announcement is likely to be hailed by anti-smoking organizations.The FDA has a court-ordered deadline to take action on the issue, in response to a citizens petition filed in Northern California calling for a ban on menthol. The federal court ordered the FDA to take action by April 29, The New York Times reports.The proposed ban would not apply to e-cigarettes.Similar such bans on menthol and/or flavored tobacco have been approved by hundreds of local governments across the country and a handful of states, according to anti-smoking activist groups. The tobacco industry has challenged the efforts through legal and political means.In 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to ban...
    The Biden Administration is on the verge of calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes.This is according to the Washington Post.The move is one tobacco opponents and civil rights groups say is urgently needed.They say the tobacco industry aggressively markets to African Americans, who are disproportionately harmed by the cigarettes.Menthol cigarettes are considered to be more addictive.It could be years before such a ban would take effect, but the announcement is likely to be hailed by anti-smoking organizations.The FDA has a court-ordered deadline to take action on the issue, in response to a citizens petition filed in Northern California calling for a ban on menthol. The federal court ordered the FDA to take action by April 29, The New York Times reports.The proposed ban would not apply to e-cigarettes.Similar such bans on menthol and/or flavored tobacco have been approved by hundreds of local governments across the country and a handful of states, according to anti-smoking activist groups. The tobacco industry has challenged the efforts through legal and political means.In 2019, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to ban...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Californians will vote in 2022 on whether the state should ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored vaping cartridges. Lawmakers approved the ban in 2020, but a referendum qualified Friday, meaning voters will have their say in November 2022. In the meanwhile, the law won’t take effect. Major tobacco companies backed the referendum in hopes of overturning the law. The ban prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products but does not criminalize possession. It also exempts loose-leaf tobacco, premium cigars and shisha tobacco used in hookah. It bars the sale of flavors including — but not limited to —“fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, menthol, mint, wintergreen, herb, or spice.” Violators who sell the products would be fined $250. Supporters of the law cast the referendum as “a battle between the people of California and Big Tobacco over the health, lives and future of our kids.” “Big Tobacco is going to use every deceptive trick in their playbook just so they can continue to market and profit from hooking young kids...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California state officials have agreed to delay the effective date of what state lawmakers intended as a Jan. 1 ban on flavored tobacco products, after opponents led by tobacco companies said they filed enough signatures to put the new law to a statewide vote. The secretary of state and attorney general’s offices won’t enforce the pending law until county clerks have enough time to verify that there are at least 623,000 valid signatures. Inyo County’s top elections official, Kammi Foote, this week said she was referring the petition there to the county district attorney because her office found a high level of signatures that do not match county records. Supporters of the law said that should throw the whole signature drive into question. The main group opposing the law, the California Coalition for Fairness, said in a statement that it takes the allegations seriously but turned in more than 1 million signatures, far more than enough to qualify for the ballot. What supporters called one of the nation’s strongest such laws would not make it a crime...
    A coalition representing the tobacco industry submitted more than one million signatures that would overturn California’s ban on flavored tobacco, according to The Los Angeles Times. Museum logo sign of Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris. By Pe3k. Shutterstock. If the Secretary of State’s office thinks there are enough signatures, the new law that bans flavored tobacco products, scheduled to take place January 1, would be suspended, according to The Los Angeles Times. The signatures would qualify a referendum in California’s November 2022 ballot, reported the Los Angeles Times. (RELATED: The Road To Criminalizing Tobacco Product Users) “In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, raging wildfires, heatwaves and power outages across the state, more than one million Californians signed petitions for the right to have their voice heard on an unfair law that benefits the wealthy and special interests while costing jobs and cutting funding for education and healthcare,” a statement by the California Coalition for Fairness said, according to The Los Angeles Times. Lindsey Freitas, advocacy director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, criticized the referendum backed by companies including Philip Morris USA,...
    SACRAMENTO —  A coalition representing the tobacco industry said Tuesday it has turned in more than 1 million signatures as it seeks to qualify a referendum for the November 2022 ballot aimed at overturning a law banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in California. If the Secretary of State’s office determines there is a sufficient number of signatures to qualify the referendum, the new law, which was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, would be suspended until the voters act on the ballot measure in November 2022. The signatures were submitted to the state by the California Coalition for Fairness, which said in a statement Tuesday that its signature drive showed that voters are put off by the new law. “In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, raging wildfires, heatwaves and power outages across the state, more than one million Californians signed petitions for the right to have their voice heard on an unfair law that benefits the wealthy and special interests while costing jobs and cutting funding for education and healthcare,” the statement said. The...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in the city.The measure passed by a vote of 46-4."With flavors like candy and chocolate, these products are designed to entice youth, and we as a City have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent that from happening," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "This ordinance is an important step, but more must be done to protect our young people's health from vaping and the tobacco industry's efforts to have them to develop life-threatening habits."The ordinance specifically targets the taste or aroma of things like menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, candy or dessert.Mayor Lightfoot's office said studies show 80 percent of youth tobacco users started with a flavored product."I congratulate the City Council for addressing flavors comprehensively in this vape-focused ordinance, rather than carving out specific flavors," said Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. "And I look forward to seeing this body take this same comprehensive approach to flavors in the future, as together we address combustible products...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen on Friday backed an ordinance to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in Chicago, after an earlier effort to prohibit all flavored tobacco of any kind stalled in the face of opposition from retailers who feared losing customers to the suburbs and northwest Indiana. The City Council Health Committee voted to approve a measure that would ban all flavored vaping products, except those that taste or smell like tobacco. Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th), the chief sponsor, originally wanted to ban any kind of flavored tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, but couldn’t get enough support from fellow aldermen, many of whom sided with retail groups who argued smokers would simply go outside city limits to buy those products, and increase the black market for so-called “loosies” – unregulated cigarettes. Health Committee Chair Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) said the goal of banning flavored vaping products is to reduce teen vaping. Although the legal age for buying tobacco products in Illinois is 21, e-cigarettes remain popular among teens, because vaping is easier to conceal than smoking...
    SACRAMENTO —  California voters could be asked to overturn a new law banning the sale of flavored tobacco after opponents notified the state Monday of plans to seek a referendum on the measure. A notice was filed with the state by an attorney who has represented firms including R.J. Reynolds, which led the opposition campaign to Senate Bill 793. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill on Friday and it takes effect Jan. 1. Attorney Aaron Agenbroad is one of a group of three people who submitted papers to the state attorney general’s office for preparation of a title and summary for a possible referendum petition. He did not respond to requests for comment on who is behind the referendum. If opponents qualify the referendum by collecting the signatures of 623,212 registered voters, the tobacco ban would be placed on hold until voters are given a chance to weigh in, possibly in 2022. The referendum is being pursued by a new political group called the California Coalition for Fairness. A representative for the group did not respond to questions seeking...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is on track to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products, joining states like New York and Massachusetts in an effort to slow the spread of the harmful habit among children. The state Assembly passed the ban on Monday, two months after the state Senate passed a similar proposal. The ban faces one more vote in the Senate before heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. The bill does not make it a crime for people to possess flavored tobacco products, but it bans retailers from selling them. Violators would face a $250 fine. Tobacco companies have staked their future on electronic cigarettes in recent years, with Altria — one of the world’s largest tobacco producers — purchasing a 35% stake in San Francisco-based e-cigarette maker Juul in 2018. Vaping products drew scrutiny from federal regulators concerned about their attractiveness to children. In response, tobacco companies pushed for states to raise the smoking age to 21 — something Congress did last year. But advocates say the products are still too easy for teens to get, especially...
    SACRAMENTO —  The California Assembly on Monday approved a ban on the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, with supporters saying it is needed to reduce smoking and vaping by minors and others attracted by flavors that include fruit and menthol. Supporters of the legislation blasted a new advertising campaign from tobacco companies that claims the bill discriminates against Black and Latino smokers, saying that the ads disingenuously portray the industry as an ally of communities of color. The tobacco industry ad, which calls the bill “politics at its worst,” alleges that the measure would criminalize menthol cigarettes, “giving special treatment to the rich, and singling out communities of color.” Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), the chairwoman of the California Legislative Black Caucus, said it is racist for the tobacco industry to claim the bill discriminates against Black people by prohibiting the sale of menthol cigarettes in the state. “I am insulted that the tobacco industry would make an effort to make us believe that mentholated cigarettes are part of African American culture, and that this is...
    SACRAMENTO —  Supporters of legislation to ban the sale of flavored tobacco in California are speaking out against a new advertising campaign from tobacco companies that claims the bill discriminates against Black and Latino smokers, saying that the ads disingenuously portray the industry as an ally of communities of color. The tobacco industry ad, which calls the bill “politics at its worst,” alleges that the measure would criminalize menthol cigarettes, “giving special treatment to the rich, and singling out communities of color.” Advocates for the bill have blasted those claims as inaccurate, responding with another ad that argues flavored tobacco products have been heavily marketed to communities of color and pose disproportionate health risks to Black residents. On Monday, a group of Black leaders, including academics, and youth activists held a press conference on Zoom to denounce the opposition ad campaign as an attempt by the tobacco industry to deceive lawmakers and the public. “It’s critical that the Black community and particularly the Black faith community stand up to the lies, misinformation and the fake news that is...
    BOSTON (AP) - A statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, is set to take effect on Monday. Massachusetts became the first state to approve such a ban when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill in November. The law applies to the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts retail stores and online. TOP STORIES George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about The new law specifically restricts the sale of the products to licensed smoking bars such as cigar bars and hookah lounges, where they’ll only be allowed to be consumed on-site. The restriction extends to menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco. Anti-smoking groups hailed the ban, arguing that flavored tobacco products attract young people. They said menthol cigarettes are no different.
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