Flavored Tobacco Ban Triumphs at the Polls

San Francisco voters on Tuesday night rejected the campaign influence of Big Tobacco by overwhelmingly voting to ban flavored tobacco.

With 68 percent approval, Proposition E now bans flavored tobacco products — menthol cigarettes and vape liquids included —  in San Francisco. Opponents spent more than $11.5 million to defeat it, while supporters only had $2.3 million to convince others...

Supervisor Malia Cohen authored the ban, which the Board of Supervisors approved in June before the ballot challenge, arguing that flavored tobacco lures children who might otherwise develop a distaste for regular tobacco. The American Heart Association, African Cancer Society, African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition and others joined the list of supporters.

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