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NY Cancer Society says sweet smokes aimed at kids

May 31, 2013 • Business


Cigar enthusiast Brendan Glennon poses with a display of candy-flavored cigars at a custom tobacco shop in Albany, N.Y., Friday, May 31, 2013. The American Cancer Society is pushing to make New York the first state to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy-and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry. But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars and packages of loose tobacco are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as cigarettes.

The American Cancer Society is pushing to make New York the first state to enact a comprehensive restriction on the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarillos, chewing tobacco and tobacco used in water pipes. Its proposal would restrict the sale of all fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products to tobacco shops, banning those products from convenience stories.

Maine bans the sale of larger “premium” flavored cigars and other states including Maryland have proposed laws, according to the University of Maryland Law School. New York City and Login to read more

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