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In Maine, South Portland City Council Bans Sales Of Flavored Tobacco Products

A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday July 8, 2018. Juul Labs, the maker of the popular e-cigarette brand that has recently come under fire from health officials over its popularity with young adults, plans to introduce a line of lower-nicotine pods. The company will begin to sell pods with a 3-percent nicotine concentration in its mint and Virginia tobacco flavors later this year, according to a statement Thursday. Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South Portland is the fourth city in Maine to ban flavored tobacco products

South Portland retailers will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco with “any taste or smell relating to fruit, menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, honey or any candy, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice.”

City councilors voted 5-2 to enact the ban, which goes into effect immediately for stores that do not currently hold a tobacco license with the state. The enforcement date is April 1, 2023, for those currently selling flavored tobacco products, to allow for existing inventory to be sold.

Councilors and members of the public who spoke against the ban noted the common use of flavored products as an easier way to quit tobacco altogether.

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