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Missoula Council Members Amend Proposed Ban On Flavored Tobacco And Vapes

Health officials nationwide are investigating up to 450 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to e-cigarettes. The Associated Press reports up to six people have died.
Health officials nationwide are investigating up to 450 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to e-cigarettes. The Associated Press reports up to six people have died.

Some members of the Missoula City Council have amended a proposal they say is designed to reduce youth exposure to tobacco and e-cigarette products

Missoula City Councilor Mirtha Becerra says under the amended proposal self-service displays of flavored tobacco products would be prohibited and flavored vaping products would be banned altogether.

"If you want to vape something that tastes like tobacco then you can still purchase that in Missoula."

Traditional flavored tobacco products could still be sold to adults by store clerks under the proposal.

The proposed local ordinance originally would have banned the sale of all menthol, candy and mint flavored tobacco, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette products.

Missoula’s proposed flavored e-cigarette product ban gets its final hearing before the full council November 23.

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