Letters: End flavored tobacco sales – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Letters: End flavored tobacco sales – Loveland Reporter-Herald

End the sale of flavored tobacco products

As an active community member in Loveland, I strongly urge the City Council to pass an ordinance that would end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, in all locations. It’s one of the most important things we can do to protect kids and their futures.

When it comes to youth tobacco use, we are going in the wrong direction. After decades of progress to reduce smoking, youth tobacco use is at its highest in nearly two decades. The reason is simple, the tobacco industry is addicting the next generation of kids with nicotine flavored products — including e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, and flavored cigars. There are more than 15,000 unique flavors on the market — from mango to cotton candy. Flavors improve the taste and mask the harshness of tobacco products, making it easier for kids to start using and ultimately become addicted. Simply put, flavors hook kids.

It’s time to end the tobacco industry’s stranglehold over our kids’ health, once again. The city of Loveland has the opportunity to do just that. I urge the council to stop the sale of all flavored tobacco products in all locations in the city once and for all. Anything less will not break the cycle of addiction and stop our kids from using any tobacco products in the first place.

Lisa Sauer

Loveland

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