Flavored-Tobacco Bans Turn to Menthol
NATO warns that new ordinances bring consequences
MINNEAPOLIS — Yolo County. Santa Clara County. Contra Costa County. Oakland. San Leandro. San Francisco. All of these California counties or cities have either adopted or are considering adopting a local ordinance that would ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and all flavored-tobacco products.
While proposing to ban the sale of all menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products may be intended to reduce youth access and use of these tobacco products, the enactment of a flavor ban will create the conditions for an illegal market in such flavored tobacco products.