City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen

Aspen’s elected officials took measures Tuesday to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and nicotine products, fearing that they are contributing to abuse by teenagers. The ban includes menthol cigarettes, and flavored e-cigarettes, vape pens, snuff and chewing tobacco. “The focus should be on banning the flavored products, which I believe are marketed to children and they become lifelong customers,” said Dr. Kim Levin, medical officer for the Pitkin County Board of Health, who presented her case to Aspen City Council with Risa Turetsky from Pitkin County Public Health. “The political climate is ripe and we thought this was … Continue reading City to ban all flavored tobacco, nicotine products in Aspen

Ban on flavored vaping products will kill small businesses like mine

I own a small vape and smoke shop in Sacramento. I pay taxes, I pay rent and I pay employees. My small business is how I support my family. The City of Sacramento is proposing to pass an ordinance banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the city limits. The ordinance is not limited to actual tobacco products, but also includes e-cigarettes and all vapor products. A ban of all flavored vapor products will result in an actual ban on all vapor products, since there is no such thing as an unflavored vapor product. At my store, vapor … Continue reading Ban on flavored vaping products will kill small businesses like mine

FLAVOR BANS WOULD SNUFF OUT VAPING IN NEW YORK

Legislation would ban the sale of flavored e-liquids despite evidence that flavors are essential in helping smokers quit combustible cigarettes. Overeager legislators in the Empire State have introduced legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored e-liquids used in electronic cigarettes. Senate Bill 428 would ban the sale of “characterizing flavors,” including, but not limited to, “fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, [and] herb or spice flavoring.” The legislation does not include tobacco or menthol flavors. The legislation has been introduced to curb the use of e-cigarettes among youth, which the author has previously referred to as a “gateway drug” that leads teens … Continue reading FLAVOR BANS WOULD SNUFF OUT VAPING IN NEW YORK