City councils are considering ordinances that will negatively affect local retailers. If passed, businesses and communities across the nation may suffer from job loss and increased crime.
As lawmakers continue to pass tobacco ordinances in communities throughout the country, the trend of banning flavored tobacco products is increasing at a concerning rate. These bans, which often include menthol and wintergreen, can have devastating effects on retailers.
City councils often pass these bans under the impression that they will benefit public health and reduce youth consumption. What they don’t realize is that retailers rely on selling the flavored tobacco products desired by their adult customers to stay afloat.
Additionally, these bans are often ineffective and dangerous for the community, spurring the illegal sale of tobacco products through the black market, which invites crime into the neighborhoods these council members were elected to represent.
Give your local officials a quick call and a piece of your mind. See below for phone numbers, upcoming meetings and other ways to make sure your voice is heard before it’s too late.
Ordinance Type: multiple tobacco restrictions
Description: ban on flavored tobacco products, minimum pricing for cigars, zoning regulations and a cap on the number of tobacco permits at 61 (the city’s current number of active tobacco permits)
Meeting Date: TBD
Below are posters designed to be printed and placed in your store. They can be used to inform your customers about the potential impacts tobacco restrictions may have on their life.
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