Flavor Bans Proposed in Maine and San Francisco

Flavor Bans Proposed in Maine and San Francisco
Maine considers statewide ban on flavored tobacco as part of a growing trend in the US. Study on San Francisco flavor ban reveals mixed results.

Following the approval of tobacco product bans in four cities in Maine, state senator Jill Duson from Portland is expected to introduce a bill proposing a statewide ban on flavored tobacco products.

If passed, Maine will join a number of other US states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, in implementing flavored tobacco product restrictions. Dan Cashman, spokesperson for advocacy group Flavors Hook Kids Maine, stated that State Senator Jill Duson from Portland is expected to soon propose a bill containing the ban.

This is crucial," said Kashman. "Maine cannot wait any longer. Every day, the children of Maine are being drawn in by these marketing ploys and tobacco products targeted towards young people. These are dangerous and addictive products.

At the same time, a study examining the ban on flavored e-cigarettes in San Francisco has reported shocking findings. Titled "The Impact of San Francisco's Comprehensive Tobacco Flavor Ban on Youth", the research aims to determine the effects of the ban on tobacco use behavior. A sample of 247 San Francisco residents were surveyed on their e-cigarette and tobacco use before and after the flavor ban.

The study found that although the ban did lead to a decrease in sales of electronic cigarettes and cigars, unfortunately it also resulted in a surge in smoking rates. Additionally, researchers found that the measure was not properly enforced, with 65% of participants reporting that they were able to obtain flavored products by various means.

According to these research findings, a comprehensive ban on local flavors cannot significantly reduce the supply or use of flavored tobacco products among residents. However, local bans can still significantly reduce overall use of e-cigarettes and cigar consumption, but may increase the use of traditional cigarettes. This was concluded by the study.

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