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Old November 10th, 2009, 11:15 AM
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Default Re: New tobacco law. Will it affect hookah?

"The New York City Council has passed a bill that outlaws sales of all flavored tobacco products — going a few steps beyond a federal ban.

The Food and Drug Administration recently banned manufacturing, importing, marketing and distribution of cigarettes made to taste like candy, fruit and cloves.

The City Council passed a bill Wednesday that would include all flavored tobacco products, like small cigars and chewing tobacco. The law would ban sales in New York City.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the bill and is expected to sign it.

The FDA is looking at whether to add more of those products to its ban.

Officials and health experts say flavored products are more appealing to young people and can hook children on smoking and tobacco at young ages.

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Yea 3 minutes worth of not screaming the sky is falling and look what I found sirs and mams:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed legislation on Wednesday to prohibit the sale of most forms of flavored tobacco products in New York City. The new law is more extensive than the federal Food and Drug Administration’s ban on candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, which took effect last month.

The City Council approved the bill on Oct. 14. The legislation covers “chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice flavors,” but exempts “tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors.”

The city ban includes cigars and smokeless tobacco, while the federal ban is limited to cigarettes. That ban prohibits the sale of cigarettes with “an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee.”

While the city’s adult smoking rate has fallen — a development that the mayor has repeatedly trumpeted as a public health success — the Council said that the proportion of public high school students in the city who said they smoked only cigars and cigarillos had tripled since 2001. Flavored tobacco products are often marketed at the young.

Violators of the new city law may be fined up to $2,000 or have their tobacco-vending license suspended.

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