In November 2019, Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law to stop the sale of ALL flavored tobacco products, including all menthol, mint and wintergreen products, as well as the flavored e-cigarettes that are fueling a youth epidemic. Send a message today to thank the legislators of Massachusetts for passing An Act Modernizing Tobacco and protecting kids from nicotine addiction. Contact us to Fight All Flavors in your state.
Tobacco companies have been hooking our kids for years with enticing flavors like gummy bear, mango, and “smooth menthol.” African Americans have paid the highest price for Big Tobacco’s unjust targeting of flavored tobacco products. We support the Act Modernizing Tobacco. We continue to Fight All Flavors to keep a generation of young people from becoming addicted.
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Tobacco companies have hooked our youth for years with enticing flavors, and now they’re addicting another generation of youth by selling products in flavors like gummy bear, mango, and “smooth menthol.”
For generations, tobacco companies have used menthol to lure youth. They’ve also heavily marketed menthol to African American communities. Mentholated products are easier to start, easier to smoke, and harder to quit. Among African-Americans who smoke, 85% smoke menthol cigarettes. And more than half of all youth smokers use menthol cigarettes.
Other flavored tobacco products have flooded the market in recent years, especially electronic cigarettes and cigars. There are now over 15,500 e-cigarette and over 200 cigar flavors, and the options are limitless for those who mix their own. 97% of youth e-cigarette users report using a flavored product in the past month. These flavored products undermine Massachusetts’s successful efforts to reduce youth tobacco use.
Massachusetts is the first state to pass a law to ban ALL flavored tobacco products, including all menthol, mint and wintergreen products, as well as the flavored e-cigarettes that are fueling a youth epidemic. Send a message today to thank the legislators of Massachusetts for protecting kids from nicotine addiction.
The Massachusetts Department of Health has released a guide to learn more about the law and restrictions. Click here for the guide.
In Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission approved changes to Boston’s tobacco regulations to include menthol, mint, and wintergreen in its flavor restriction as well as expand ID checking to customers of all ages. Read more about the amendments adopted on November 25th here.
February 13, 2020 Massachusetts AG Maura Healey Explains the State’s Lawsuit Against Juul
January 2, 2020 FDA Bans mint- and fruit- flavored tobacco products but exempts menthol and tobacco
November 27, 2019 Massachusetts Governor Signs Law Severely Restricting Flavored Tobacco, Vape Products
November 22, 2019 Massachusetts to Ban Menthol Cigarettes as Well as Flavored Vapes
November 22, 2019 State Lawmakers Pass Nation’s Toughest Restrictions on Sale of Flavored Tobacco and Vaping…
November 22, 2019 Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill to Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes
November 22, 2019 Mass. Senate Votes to Ban Flavored Tobacco, Plastic Bags
November 20, 2019 Bill would ban all flavored tobacco products for cigarettes and vape products
November 18, 2019 President Trump: Don’t Fail America’s Children on Flavored e-cigarettes
November 15, 2019 Massachusetts should ban flavored tobacco
November 15, 2019 Our opinion: Credit Mass Hour of Reps for a tough anti-vape law
November 15, 2019 Kids, teens rally in support as Mass. bill to ban flavored tobacco, vapes goes before lawmakers
November 13, 2019 House Goes All In on Vape Regs
GET THE FACTS
African Americans pay the highest price for Big Tobacco’s unjust targeting of communities of color. Each year, approximately 45,000 African Americans die from a smoking-caused illness.
Juul comes in sweet flavors that appeal to youth, including mango, fruit, creme, mint and cucumber. And 97% of youth e-cigarette users have used a flavored e-cigarette in the past month.
Among youth, prevalence of menthol use is highest among African-Americans: seven out of 10 African-American youth smokers smoke menthol cigarettes.
Researchers have identified more than 15,500 unique e-cigarette flavors available online. With their colorful packaging and sweet flavors, flavored tobacco products are often hard to distinguish from the candy displays in stores.