Banning Menthol Cigarette Bans in America: The Future is Local

From: NBC Bay Area

Contra Costa County, Bay Area Cities, Considering Menthol and Flavored Tobacco Ban

Although the sale of tobacco to anyone under 21 is illegal in California, fruit and candy flavored cigars are becoming popular among teens according to a government study. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In a push to prevent tobacco and e-cigarette companies from targeting youth and minorities, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is considering adopting a slew of provisions that restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products and electronic and menthol cigarettes.

The board did not reach a consensus on several provisions presented to them by city staff during a lengthy public hearing on Tuesday, but supervisors unanimously agreed that more regulations in the county are needed. It is likely that the board will take steps to restrict sales in July.

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