Although the new ordinance does not take effect until the first day of June next year, Bangor has officially become the first community in Maine to ban flavored tobacco completely.
According to News WMTW 8, the ban will prevent the sale, display, marketing and advertising of flavored tobacco products.
Bangor City Council’s vote was almost unanimous at 7-1. It is important to note that this prescription does not prohibit the use of these products in the city of Bangor, only from retailers marketing or selling such items.
Supporters of Bangor’s flavored tobacco ban say the marketing of flavored tobacco is often used to target young children to get them interested in tobacco earlier. People opposed to the ban say it won’t stop users and just force people to buy the products in other cities.
City Councilor Jonathan Sprague said, “I think we’re talking about short-term community economics on the one hand, long-term public health and community costs on the other. long-term implications for what happens to children’s health.
Businesses that violate multiple violations of the city ordinance will face fines of up to $ 1,000, while a first violation would cost the business $ 100.
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