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New law would ban flavored cigar wrappers

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:55:54 CDT
By: IPR

It's not a hard argument to win: tobacco and kids are two things that shouldn't go together. Many lawmakers argue tobacco companies with sugary flavors added to their products should have to quit selling them in the state. But a recent proposal would only target flavored cigar WRAPPERS, not flavored cigars. Ron Tully works for one of the companies that makes the wrappers. It's based in Kentucky. He says tobacco companies pushed the legislation to lessen competition:

   

"It's very unfortunate that Illinois is prepared to pick winners and losers in the tobacco industry. I know no one likes tobacco but it's somewhat unfair that because we're an out-of-state company our product is being targeted."

Still, critics say tobacco products that appeal to kids should be banned, and that the wrappers also facilitate drug use, like smoking marijuana. The plan would fine sellers up to one thousand dollars. The measure is awaiting the Governor's action.

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