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City Council calls for hearing on overturning public-health ban on flavored cigarettes

The City Council voted today to hold a hearing on a recent Boston Public Health Commission vote to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes at convenience stores because store owners never had a chance to testify on the proposal before the council.

The vote was part of an effort that also included raising the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21, but councilors did not oppose that.

Councilors did not rule out ultimately supporting the measure, but said the way the commission approved the ban did not let the roughly 900 convenience-store owners in the city have their say.

Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), however, said that after hearing from numerous convenience-store owners complaining about the hit on their revenue, they are not sure the ban is fair, because smoke shops can still sell the products.

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Perhaps then smoke shops should also be banned from selling flavored cigarettes?

What I'd really be interested in is the trade secret research the companies did on whom they're actually targeting with these cigarettes and whether that demographic trended towards younger ages.

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should be banned from selling cigarettes entirely.

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Didn't the Feds ban flavored cigs a few years back, with the exception of menthols?

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Excluded? That is a flavor.

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