Chicago to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products

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Chicago adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of all schools. According to data from Cigar Association of America, the ordinance comes into action on July 15, 2014.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed it last year and it was adopted on November 26, 2013. Then in December it was adopted by Council with 48 votes for and 2 against.

The ordinance writes that “‘characterizing flavor’ means a distinguishable taste or aroma, other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, imparted either prior to or during consumption of a tobacco product, including, but not limited to, tastes or aromas of menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, vanilla, honey, cocoa, any candy, any dessert, any alcoholic beverage, any fruit, any herb, and any spice.”

Such products are prohibited from sale on the areas within 500 feet of the property line of any private, public or parochial elementary, secondary or middle school found in the City of Chicago.

However, the ordinance does not touch retail tobacco shops that gain more than 80% of profit from the sale of tobacco products. That is what differs from

According to Cigar Association of America, this distinguishes tobacco shops from stores such as convenience stores that sell tobacco.

The introduction of the ordinance which bans sale of tobacco within 500 feet of any middle, elementary or secondary school, will make it illegal to sell flavored tobacco products in shops located in these areas.

Besides this, the new ordinance bans people from engaging in the business of a Retail Tobacco dealer using a customer self-service display. Except Retail Tobacco shop, the ordinance demands that tobacco products should be stored and sold from behind the counter.

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