“Flavored Tobacco Bans in Columbus and Central Ohio: A Changing Legislative Landscape”

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In Columbus and several other central Ohio cities, the commencement of the year signifies the enforcement of bans on flavored tobacco. However, recent legislative developments in the Statehouse cast uncertainty on the longevity of these bans.

The Columbus City Council made a decisive move on December 12, 2022, by approving a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The ban encompasses products associated with flavors such as fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverages, menthol, mint, wintergreen, herb, or spice (excluding flavored shisha tobacco). This sweeping measure extends to various tobacco-related items, encompassing electronic smoking devices, pods, cartridges, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, nicotine pouches, snus, snuff, liquids for electronic smoking devices, as well as filters and rolling paper.

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