Columbus Ohio Bans Sales Of Flavored Tobacco Products, Including Menthol Cigarettes

The new ban goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2024

Columbus City Council unanimously passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, such as menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes within the city beginning Jan. 1, 2024, saying tobacco companies have long targeted Black, LGBTQ+ and youth communities.

“The prevalence of tobacco use in our community is a public health crisis,” said City Council member Shayla Favor, who introduced the legislation.

Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus health commissioner, said that when you remove flavored tobacco, you eliminate the very products that make it easier to begin a lifelong addiction.

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