Author: Steve Pociask

Steve Pociask is the president and CEO of the American Consumer Institute, an education and research nonprofit organization. For more information on the Institute, visit us at www.TheAmericanConsumer.Org or follow us on Twitter @ConsumerPal.

On November 9, the Portland City Council’s Safety Committee voted to approve a sweeping ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco products. The full City Council is expected to take up the measure in the coming weeks. If adopted, Portland’s ordinance would make it the latest in a string of Maine jurisdictions — including Bangor and Washington County — that have launched misguided crackdowns on the vaping industry. In a presentation before the Safety Committee, Kristen Goodrich, Portland’s Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, asserted that 85% of young people are using cigarettes and that “flavor bans have been proven to be…

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