Washington, DC bans the sale of flavored tobacco products

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WASHINGTON, DC – Time is running out for the sale of flavored tobacco products in Washington, DC

On July 21, Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted the Flavored Tobacco Products Ban Act 2021. The District of Columbia council approved a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, on June 15. The measure exempts bars and restaurants. that offer the hookah.

“To address health disparities and ensure that all Washingtonians, wherever they live in our city, have the same opportunity to live long and healthy lives, we must think and act broadly,” said Bowser said.

The mayor added that reducing smoking is a matter of health equity.

“We know that black residents are disproportionately affected by tobacco use, and flavored tobacco, including menthol, continues to have a particularly insidious effect on our community,” Bowser said. “Today we are taking an extremely effective step to reduce tobacco initiation and tobacco addiction in Washington, DC”

Flavor bans, including menthol, have mushroomed among local and state lawmakers. Notably, San Francisco became the first city to ban menthol in 2017 – a move voters upheld in the June 2018 election. Massachusetts became the first state to implement similar legislation statewide in June 2020.


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