LA Bans Sale of Menthol-Flavored Candy and Tobacco Products

The Los Angeles City Council passed on Wednesday regulation to forbid it selling the nicotine flavored candy in the city.

Officials said LA now t . isthe most populous city in the country to take flavored nicotine products, including menthol cigarettes, off the shelves.

The council passed the motion by a vote of 12-0, garnering praise from nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

Officials argued that the use of candy flavors, including: menthol, tempted children to try nicotine.

Ending the sale of candy-flavored nicotine in the city means tobacco companies can’t mask the harshness of cigarette smoke to make it more appealing to kids and teens, nor can they use menthol to target the African American community. Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson said in a statement.

After the vote, Councilor Mitch O’Farrell said tobacco companies should “no longer be allowed to use candy flavors like peach gummy or mint menthol to entice our children to try nicotine, a highly addictive substance that impairs brain development and leads to a lifetime of healthyness” . problems and a shorter life.”

According to the American Lung Association in California, 4 out of 5 youth who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

“Strong measures like these are critical to reducing the appeal of tobacco to youth and adults and preventing e-cigarettes and new products from turning a new generation into nicotine addiction,” said Dr. Richard J. Shemin, president of the American Heart Association Los Angeles.

LA’s new restrictions come into effect in January.

Statewide, lawmakers passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2020, but it was suspended due to a referendum backed by major tobacco companies.

Californians will vote this year on whether the state should ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.

“Cigarette smoking causes more than 80% of lung cancer deaths,” said Primo J. Castro of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “The City of LA ordinance will prevent tobacco companies from targeting young people with fruits, mint, menthol, and others. candy flavors to make them addicted to nicotine, and it puts an end to Big Tobacco’s discriminatory and deadly practice of deliberately targeting black neighborhoods with marketing menthol cigarettes.”

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