Two Maine communities now ban the sale of flavored tobacco

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As of Wednesday, you can no longer buy flavored tobacco products in Portland or Brunswick. New ordinances prohibiting the sale are in effect. The city of Bangor was actually the first community in Maine to pass a ban, but the city council had to repeal that ordinance last month due to a procedural error in not providing proper notice to affected businesses. Proponents say the bans are a matter of public health, saying flavored products are particularly appealing to children, prompting more young people to start using tobacco products. The American Lung Association claims that from 2019 to 2020, the number of teens using e-cigarettes increased by 30%. “Three communities have now decided that the health and safety of our children come before tobacco industry profits, and we hope Augusta lawmakers will do the same,” said BJ McCollister, campaign manager for Flavors. . Hook Kids Maine. The Maine Legislature has considered proposals over the past two years to ban flavored tobacco products statewide, but those efforts have not gained traction. The most recent effort also reportedly included a $1,000 fine for first offenses and $5,000 fines for subsequent offenses. This proposal was never voted on before the plenary legislature.

As of Wednesday, you can no longer buy flavored tobacco products in Portland or Brunswick. New ordinances prohibiting the sale are in effect.

The city of Bangor was actually the first community in Maine to pass a ban, but the city council had to repeal that ordinance last month due to a procedural error in not providing proper notice to affected businesses.

Proponents say the bans are a public health issue, saying flavored products are particularly appealing to children, prompting more young people to start using tobacco products.

The American Lung Association claims that between 2019 and 2020, the number of teens using e-cigarettes increased by 30%.

“Three communities have now decided that the health and safety of our children come before tobacco industry profits, and we hope Augusta lawmakers will do the same,” said BJ McCollister, campaign manager for Flavors. Hook Kids Maine.

The Maine legislature has considered proposals over the past two years to ban flavored tobacco products statewide, but those efforts have not gained traction. The most recent effort also reportedly included a $1,000 fine for first offenses and $5,000 fines for subsequent offenses. This proposal was never voted on before the plenary legislature.

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