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Letter: New York needs a ban on flavored tobacco

Massachusetts recently took a stand against Big Tobacco. A new law in Massachusetts will restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. It’s time for New York to do the same.

Despite the significant progress we have seen in fighting Big Tobacco over the past two decades, our efforts are being undermined by the tobacco industry, including e-cigarette companies.

In fact, for the first time in a long time, use of tobacco products by youth is increasing, and we are seeing a new generation hooked on nicotine by Big Tobacco. The primary reason for this spike in tobacco use is flavors.

Tobacco products with flavors like mint, menthol and cotton candy are now enticing our kids. It sounds cool – however, lung disease is not cool, cancer is not cool.

To protect the lives and the health of our young people, New York must restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol.

This is a public health issues that needs to be addressed before one more kid gets hooked and the life of one more kid is compromised.

Karen Connor

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Wilson

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