[caption id="attachment_26023" align="alignleft"]Photo from: tobaccopreventionk12.wordpress.com, Art by: Sunny[/caption]Saint Paul is following the lead of Minneapolis and considering an ordinance designed to protect our young people from the harms of flavored tobacco. This ordinance will remove candy and fruity-flavored tobacco, including tropical fusion cigars, berry chewing tobacco, pineapple shisha, and cotton candy e-juice from stores kids can enter. If passed, Saint Paul will be the second city in the state to limit youth exposure to these addictive products. As a Community Elder and Health and Wellness Activist, I am asking you to join me in encouraging our elected leaders to help protect our children from the harms of this cancer-causing product.
The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance designed to protect our youth from the harms of flavored tobacco. This ordinance removes cheap, flavored tobacco such as cigars and cigarillos from convenience stores and increases the price of these products to $2.60 each. Previously, these products were available for as little as two for a mere 88 cents. Cheap and attractive to our youth!
[caption id="attachment_23887" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Minnesota residents, in particular north Minneapolis, should pay close attention to the new television ad launched by ClearWay Minnesota this past week to raise awareness about how the tobacco industry targets flavored tobacco products at certain populations; especially African Americans and youth. Unfortunately, these tobacco companies sell products in flavors that mask the harshness of tobacco – such as strawberry and grape to make it more appealing. So, parents/guardians and youth should beware because our communities suffer higher rates of disease and death due to smoking. Everyone should know that lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other tobacco-related diseases are leading causes of death in other populations; as well.