The Chicago City Council voted 46-4 Wednesday to ban the sale of most flavored liquid nicotine products in Chicago, after an effort to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products failed to advance.
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Supporters of the measure authored by Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward) said they were spurred to ban the sale of all flavored nicotine products — except those that taste and smell like tobacco — by a surge in vaping by teens.
The ban applies to products that feature liquid nicotine that has “tastes or aromas of menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, vanilla, honey, cocoa, any candy, any dessert, any alcoholic beverage, any fruit, any herb, or any spice,” according to the measure.
“They are targeting our children, and it will cost lives,” O’Shea said, adding that a new study found those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to contract the coronavirus and suffer serious consequences.
Alds. George Cardenas (12th Ward); Nicholas Sposato (38th Ward); Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward); and Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) voted against the measure, saying it would hurt Chicago businesses, especially those near the city’s borders and worsen Chicago’s budget crisis.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward) urged his colleagues on the City Council not to prioritize the city’s budget woes.
“We should not trade off the health of young people for the budget,” Osterman said.
Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16th Ward) said her ward, which includes parts of Englewood, is dotted with stores selling