Democrats advance invoice that might make Maine third state to ban flavored tobacco

AUGUSTA, Maine — A flavored tobacco ban cleared a Democratic-led legislative committee on Thursday, placing Maine on observe to grow to be the third state to enact such a sweeping prohibition on these merchandise.

The measure, from Sen. Jill Duson, D-Portland, would bar the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and different tobacco merchandise, together with menthol cigarettes, by 2025 beneath a model endorsed by Democrats on the Legislature’s well being committee. It now goes to the chambers for votes.

Debate in Augusta has been marked partly by an urban-rural divide and pressure between the well being implications of the proliferating merchandise and private freedom. Democrats have usually led the hassle in opposition to Republican opposition. However it isn’t a strict partisan cut up and the evangelical Christian Civic League of Maine joined a coalition backing a ban.