Flavors & Retail

As fewer kids smoke traditional cigarettes, tobacco companies are enticing them with a booming market of sweet-flavored tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes and cigars, according to a report issued by five leading public health organizations.

While a 2009 federal law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, prohibited candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, manufacturers were still able sell menthol cigarettes and in recent years have introduced a fast-growing assortment of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products. This has led many local cities to enact policy to prohibit the sale of these products.

The Compadres for Tobacco Free Los Angeles County aims to protect Los Angeles County from flavored tobacco products and is focused on three jurisdictions for flavor tobacco bans: Huntington Park, South El Monte and Cudahy.

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