City councils are considering ordinances that will negatively affect local retailers. If passed, businesses and communities across the nation may suffer from job loss and increased crime.
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- Banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, including wintergreen, mint and menthol
- Mandating minimum package sizes and banning the sale of single cigars
- Setting minimum prices
- Prohibiting the use of coupons
- Raising taxes on tobacco products
- Increasing the legal purchasing age to 21
As lawmakers continue to pass tobacco ordinances in communities throughout the country, the trend of banning flavored tobacco products is increasing at a concerning rate. These bans, which often include menthol and wintergreen, can have devastating effects on retailers.
City councils often pass these bans under the impression that they will benefit public health and reduce youth consumption. What they don’t realize is that retailers rely on selling the flavored tobacco products desired by their adult customers to stay afloat.
Additionally, these bans are often ineffective and dangerous for the community, spurring the illegal sale of tobacco products through the black market, which invites crime into the neighborhoods these council members were elected to represent.
Contact Your Local Officials
Give your local officials a quick call and a piece of your mind. See below for phone numbers, upcoming meetings and other ways to make sure your voice is heard before it’s too late.
Ordinance Type: tobacco flavor ban and multiple tobacco restrictions
Description: ban on flavored tobacco products and pack size and zoning restrictions
Meeting Date: TBD
Ordinance Type: multiple tobacco restrictions
Description: ban on flavored tobacco products, minimum pricing for cigars, zoning regulations and a cap on the number of tobacco permits at 61 (the city’s current number of active tobacco permits)
Meeting Date: TBD
Ordinance Type: tobacco purchasing age increase
Description: tobacco purchasing age raised to 21
Meeting Date: January 2018 , 6:00 p.m.
Ordinance Type: Licensing program fees and code violation penalties
Description: Fee for all new tobacco retail licenses, fee and/or license suspension as penalties for code violation
Meeting Date: November 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Below are posters designed to be printed and placed in your store. They can be used to inform your customers about the potential impacts tobacco restrictions may have on their life.
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