CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago City Council’s Health and Human Relations Committee is expected to consider a ban Monday on all flavored tobacco products. Retailers are prepared for a heated battle.
The proposed ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Matt O’Shea, would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, and that includes electronic cigarettes. It’s an attempt to cut down on youth vaping. O’Shea said many of those flavors are marketed toward children, who are already prohibited from having such products.
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Tanya Triche-Dawood, Vice President of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association said retailers in border wards like O'Shea's will especially suffer as people go into the suburbs to buy their tobacco product, and the city will lose a lot of revenue.
"We are bigger concerned about the idea of getting the product out of the hands of teens by prohibiting adults from purchasing it," she said.
Triche-Dawood said officials could solve the problem by just banning the kid-oriented flavors like Loopy Pebbles and Mango Cheesecake.
"Go after those products that are clearly intended for youth-use. Tobacco-flavored vapes, menthol-flavored vapes - not intended, not marketed for youth use," she said.
O’Shea had more than 20 Council co-sponsors at last count.
The sponsors said the health of children is uppermost on their minds.