New York could include menthol in flavored tobacco ban

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 9:04 AM EST
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New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes amid growing concern over the tobacco industry's use of flavorings to attract young people and African Americans.

A spokesman said Monday that the Democratic Senate Majority plans to pass a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and prohibition on smokeless flavored tobacco products as soon as next week. It's less clear how lawmakers will act on a Senate Democrat's bill to ban all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

New York's governor has said he'll propose legislation this year to prohibit the sale of "all" flavored e-cigarettes and ban vaping ads targeted to youth.

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