Evanston, Illinois Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products

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Evanston, Illinois Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products
Evanston, Illinois bans sale of flavored tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, sparking concerns among local retailers.

According to a report from ABC7 Chicago on April 1st, the city of Evanston in the state of Illinois, USA, will ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products starting from April 1st. Flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and rolling papers will also be prohibited, making this the first of its kind ordinance in Illinois.


The ban has caused concern among some shop owners in the city. They are worried that the ban will impact their profits. Asif Mehmood, the owner of a food store in the city, stated that several shelves used to display flavored tobacco products are now empty. These products will no longer be allowed to be sold there. For Mehmood, these products make up 70%-80% of his tobacco sales.


Last year, the city of Evanston passed a law banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The law is set to take effect on April 1, 2024. Retailers found in violation of the new law could face fines ranging from $500 to $2500, and may risk losing their tobacco license for repeated violations.


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