Providence Ban on Flavored Tobacco Upheld by First Circuit Court of Appeals

Oct 2, 2013

The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.

Providence's ban on flavored tobacco and cigarette coupons that went into effect in January 2013 was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders

“And people were amazed by the low level of cigarette use that was reported by our middle school and high school students in the city,” said Asen, compared to national averages, compared to similar cities, even compared to the state average.”

Asen said Providence is willing to take the legal fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if it has to.

Violators can be fined up to $500.

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